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Magnitude 6.5 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 00:53:52 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred in the Kermadec Islands Region, about 270 km (170 miles) South-Southwest of Raoul Island or about 825 km (520 miles) Northeast of Auckland, New Zealand at 6:53 PM MDT, May 15, 2009 (May 16 at 12:53 PM local time in Kermadec Islands). 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 at Wellington, New Zealand.

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


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