Very strong M7.4 earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

Very strong M7.4 earthquake hits south of the Kermadec Islands

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.4 hit south of the Kermadec Islands at 12:49 UTC on June 18, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.4 at a depth of 10 km.

The epicenter was located 686 km (425 miles) NE of Opotiki and 700 km (434 miles) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand.

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

Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records, this earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami, NWS NTWC said.

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