New Zealand Earthquake 2011
July 6, 2011 by staff
New Zealand Earthquake 2011, A powerful earthquake measuring 7.6 earthquakes shook the remote Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. That caused a small tsunami that had New Zealand preparing for the high waves. The quake was felt as far away as Christchurch, New Zealand, said New Geological and Nuclear Sciences Zealand agency.
De Kermadec island’s volcanic peaks are a remote uninhabited since they are usually on one side of a weather station and a hostel for visiting scientists from New Zealand.
New Zealand Department of Conservation spokesman Nick Hirst said eight workers from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands one, were not injured by the earthquake.
“They felt the quake – was an important toss – but no injuries or damage has been detected,” said Hirst.
The 7:03 a.m. Thursday (1903 GMT Wednesday) quake was 29.8 miles (48 kilometers) deep, the USGS said.
The Tsunami Warning Center Pacific, a U.S. agency issued a tsunami warning for the possible damage to the Keramecs, Tonga and New Zealand, but canceled about an hour later. It said a tsunami measured 2.2 feet (0.68 meters) was measured at Raoul Island.
The Kermadecs are about 570 miles (920 kilometers) south of Tonga, the nearest major island, and is 736 miles (1,185 kilometers) northeast of Auckland, New Zealand.
New Zealand Civil Defence warned people to stay off the beaches and stay out of the water until the last tsunami.
Auckland Regional Civil Defence Controller Manly Clive told Radio New Zealand is not expected to cause damage to the interior: “You can get pretty extreme currents – making it a hazard to ships – but this time we are anticipating damage to the earth. “
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