New Zealand’s was hit with a 7.6-magnitude earthquake with a depth of 29.8 miles today, July 6, 2011.
The earthquake was felt most on NewZealand’s Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean, remote islands that are essentially uninhabited. There is only a weather station there and a hostel for visiting scientists. The Kermadecs are about 570 miles south of Tonga, the nearest major island, and are 736 miles northeast of Auckland, New Zealand.
Local tsunami warnings followed after the 7.6 quake but New Zealand civil defense authorities canceled this and warned the people of possible stronger than normal ocean currents around the east coast of the country.
The said “tsunami” resulting from the earthquake was expected to affect Keramecs, Tonga, and New Zealand.