New Zealand: Earthquake of magnitude 5.0 hits Kermadec Islands

new zealand: earthquake of magnitude 5.0 hits kermadec islands

Kermadec Islands (New Zealand): An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 hit the Kermadec Islands region of New Zealand on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The earthquake occurred at 03:44:10 (UTC+05:30) and hit New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands on Saturday, at a depth of 10 km, the USGS informed.

The earthquake’s epicentre was 30.415°S and 176.629°W, respectively.

No casualties have been reported yet.

Earlier this week, the Kermadec Islands witnessed a strong earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. According to the US Geological Survey, the shallow quake was estimated to have been at a depth of 10 km.

The US Tsunami Warning System said a tsunami was not expected after the powerful earthquake jolted the island. It tweeted, “Tsunami Info Stmt: M7.1 Kermadec Islands Region 1756PDT Mar 15: Tsunami NOT expected”

The National Emergency Management Agency said there was no tsunami threat for New Zealand following the earthquake. There is no tsunami threat to Australia, the country’s Bureau of Meteorology said in a tweet.

The intensity of the earthquake can be measured by the fact that the quake that killed more than 50,000 in Turkey last month was measured 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale. The tremors were so powerful that hundreds of buildings came down crumbling and thousands sustained injuries.

It came just a day after an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 on the Richter scale struck 263 km south-south-east of Hotan, China on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. Hotan is a major oasis town in southwestern Xinjiang, an autonomous region in Western China.