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Earthquake Hazards Program

News Release

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 10:39:23 UTC

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.

Felt (III) at Christchurch and Wellington, New Zealand. Also felt at Auckland, Gisborne, Hastings, Napier, Tauranga and Wanganui, New Zealand. Also felt on Kapiti Island, New Zealand.

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


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