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Earthquake Hazards Program

News Release

Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 14:59:03 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred 420 km (260 miles) W of Auckland Island, New Zealand at 7:59 AM MST, Dec 23, 2004 (Dec 24 at 1:59 AM 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.

Felt throughout Tasmania, Australia and felt in Southland, West Coast and other parts of the South Island, New Zealand.


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