Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes New Zealand Island | Daily News

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes New Zealand Island

Quake shakes India’s Uttarkashi, no damage reported

NEW ZEALAND: An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck Kermadec Islands region in New Zealand on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was at a depth of 152 km (94 miles), USGS said. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre earlier estimated the magnitude at 6.6 and a depth at 183 km. No tsunami warning was issued after the quake, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System said.

The Kermadec Islands are a subtropical island arc in the South Pacific Ocean 800–1,000 km (500–620 mi) northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. The islands are part of New Zealand. They are uninhabited, except for the permanently manned Raoul Island Station, the northernmost outpost of New Zealand.

Meanwhile, An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale hit Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi on the intervening night between Saturday and Sunday. The quake struck at around 12:45 am on Sunday.

So far, there haven’t been any reports of any casualties or loss of property yet.

This comes days after a 2.4 magnitude earthquake hit Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district on Thursday. Earlier in December too, a 3.1 magnitude earthquake hit Uttarkashi in December 2022. Uttarkashi is located around 290 kilometres away from the holy town of Joshimath.



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