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M7.4 Earthquake

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The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred about 40 km (25 miles) WSW of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands and about 1200 km (750 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand at 4:39 AM MDT, May 16, 2006 (10:39 PM local time in New Zealand). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No damage is expected.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude7.4 (Major)
Date-Time
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 10:39:23 (UTC)
    = Coordinated Universal Time
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 10:39:23 PM
    = local time at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
  • Location31.559°S, 179.296°W
    Depth148.7 km (92.4 miles) set by location program
    RegionKERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
    Distances40 km (25 miles) WSW of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands
    290 km (180 miles) SSW of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
    810 km (500 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand
    1200 km (750 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
    Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 8.8 km (5.5 miles); depth fixed by location program
    ParametersNst=160, Nph=160, Dmin=287.9 km, Rmss=1.15 sec, Gp= 32°,
    M-type=moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6

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