Strong M6.9 earthquake hits SW of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Strong M6.9 earthquake hits SW of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 04:19 UTC on September 10, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 111.1 km (69 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw7.0 at a depth of 130 km (80.8 miles).
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 708.2 km (440 miles) NE of Ngunguru (population 1 358), New Zealand.
There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are reinforced masonry and unreinforced brick with timber floor construction.

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