Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 08:01 UTC on June 19, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). This is the 31st earthquake to hit this area since June 13, 2019.

The epicenter was located 909 km (565 miles) NE of Ngunguru (population 1 358), 939 km (578 miles) NE of Whangarei (population 50 900), 947 km (589 miles) NNE of Whakatane (population 18 602) and 963 km (598 miles) NNE of Tauranga (population 110 338), New Zealand.

There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).

Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake, PTWC said.

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are reinforced masonry and unreinforced brick with timber floor construction.

Regional seismicity

Earthquakes in this area since June 13

This is the 31st earthquake to hit this area since June 13, 2019, including M7.2 on June 15, M6.3 on June 16 and today's M6.4.

Magnitudes ranged from 4.6 to 7.2

Earthquakes registered by the USGS from June 13 - 19, 2019. Credit: Google, TW/SAM

  1. 6.4

    140km NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-19 07:01:42 (UTC)

  2. 5.2

    126km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 23:59:09 (UTC)

  3. 5.2

    126km E of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 23:24:23 (UTC)

  4. 5.0

    128km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 23:04:38 (UTC)

  5. 5.2

    132km NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 18:12:09 (UTC)

  6. 5.4

    128km E of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 17:21:48 (UTC)

  7. 5.9

    135km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 16:05:17 (UTC)

  8. 4.9

    255km SSE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 07:20:24 (UTC)

  9. 5.1

    121km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 04:23:54 (UTC)

  10. 5.1

    165km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-18 01:16:00 (UTC)

  11. 5.4

    151km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-17 16:53:03 (UTC)

  12. 4.9

    140km SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand

    2019-06-17 12:10:07 (UTC)

  13. 4.7

    150km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-17 10:47:34 (UTC)

  14. 4.9

    95km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-17 09:57:23 (UTC)

  15. 6.0

    135km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-17 06:02:05 (UTC)

  16. 4.8

    90km SE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-17 04:49:46 (UTC)

  17. 4.9

    106km E of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-17 02:05:43 (UTC)

  18. 4.9

    128km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-17 00:11:01 (UTC)

  19. 5.0

    98km SE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 23:20:01 (UTC)

  20. 4.9

    125km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 22:28:24 (UTC)

  21. 4.9

    119km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 22:20:17 (UTC)

  22. 5.5

    102km ESE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 20:58:26 (UTC)

  23. 6.3

    93km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 05:17:16 (UTC)

  24. 5.5

    119km NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 03:02:39 (UTC)

  25. 5.0

    119km NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 01:29:42 (UTC)

  26. 4.6

    101km ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 00:12:50 (UTC)

  27. 5.0

    119km NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-16 00:00:06 (UTC)

  28. 5.3

    121km NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-15 23:07:24 (UTC)

  29. 7.2

    103km NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-15 22:55:02 (UTC)

  30. 4.8

    108km S of Raoul Island, New Zealand

    2019-06-14 21:04:06 (UTC)

  31. 5.3

    33km ESE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

    2019-06-13 23:10:21 (UTC)

Featured image credit: Google, TW/SAM

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