6.7-magnitude quake strikes remote Kermadec Islands

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WELLINGTON: A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the remote, uninhabited Kermadec Islands Monday, but there was little chance of a Pacific-wide tsunami, officials said.

The temblor, which hit at a depth of 34 kilometres (21 miles) at the New  Zealand-administered volcanic island group, was some 870 kilometres from the  nearest major city Whangarei, in New Zealand, according to the US Geological  Survey.
 
“Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not  expected,” the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. 
 
The Kermadec Islands are located roughly equidistant to New Zealand’s North  Island and the Pacific nation of Tonga, and are uninhabited except for a permanent weather, radio and conservation station on Raoul Island.
 
They are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotbed of volcanic and  earthquake activity at the intersection of several tectonic plates. 
 
The Kermadecs frequently see large tremors, including three quakes in  excess of 7.0-magnitude in 2011. AFP

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