Asia & Pacific

Kermadec Islands Region Hit By Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake, EMSC Says

The subtropical island arc is situated northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. The region is located in the Ring of Fire, a seismically active zone that is regularly shaken by powerful earthquakes.

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has hit the Kermadec Islands region in the Pacific Ocean at 12:51:28.4 UTC, EMSC reported on Saturday.

The powerful seismic activity, reported 1,002 km south of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga, was registered at a depth of two kilometres.

The islands are part of New Zealand that is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes. On 22 February 2011, the 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand’s city of Christchurch, leaving 185 people dead and more than 1,500 injured.

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