Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands in New Zealand

TEHRAN, Mar. 16 (MNA) – An earthquake of 7.1 magnitude struck the Kermadec Islands region in New Zealand on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

New Zealand's Kermadec Islands region has been hit by an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude on Thursday, prompting Tsunami warnings.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the quake was estimated at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles). A corresponding tsunami warning has been issued after the earthquake,  it added, WION reported.

Reports in the New Zealand media suggest the issuance of relevant rescue measures in the region. However, there is no Tsunami threat to Australia, the country’s Bureau of Meteorology said in a tweet.

Earlier on March 4, an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 had struck the same Kermadec Islands region, with the quake depth reported at a depth of 152 km (94 miles), USGS said. There were conflicting reports as for the magnitude of the earthquake, with the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre estimating the magnitude at 6.6 at a depth of 183 km. On March 4 as well, no tsunami warning was issued after the quake.


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