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Magnitude 7.8 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS

Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 07:28:19 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 345 km (215 miles) N of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands; 600 km (370 miles) SSW of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga; 1395 km (870 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand; 1830 km (1130 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand at 12:28 AM MST, Dec 9, 2007 (7:28 PM local time in .). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. This earthquake is located in a remote area and no damage or casualties are expected.

Felt (IV) at Nuku`alofa, and felt at Mu`a, Neiafu, Pangai and Vaini, Tonga. Felt at Alofi, Niue. Also felt throughout the North Island of New Zealand and specifically at Lower Hutt, Napier, Wellington and Whakatane.

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


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