Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Kermadec Islands Region (New Zealand) on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at 00:53 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - Kermadec Islands Region (New Zealand) on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at 00:53 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 43 km depth

Date & time: 16 May 2009 12:53:51 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.5
Profondeur: 43.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.553°S / 178.833°W (Nouvelle-Zélande)
Volcan le plus près: Volcano W (47 km / 29 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
721 km NNE de Horoera (Gisborne)
722 km NNE de Hicks Bay (Gisborne)
728 km NNE de Cape Runaway (Bay of Plenty)
734 km NNE de Whakaangiangi (Gisborne)
734 km NNE de Rangitukia (Gisborne)
738 km NNE de Waihau Bay (Bay of Plenty)
750 km NNE de Ruatoria (Gisborne) (pop: 897)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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MagnitudeProfondeurLocationSource
M 6.543 kmKermadec Islands region (New Zealand)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake Kermadec Islands Region (New Zealand) 16 May 00:53 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 10 Aug 2009 14:23 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    137.2 km (85.3 mi) depth
    |
    89 km (55 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Jun 2009 04:14 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    35.2 km (21.9 mi) depth
    |
    104 km (64 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 May 2009 03:21 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    105 km (65 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 May 2009 01:05 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    50.2 km (31.2 mi) depth
    |
    83 km (52 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Kermadec Islands Region (New Zealand) on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at 00:53 (GMT)
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