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12/10/2007

Pacific quake rattles New Zealand

BREAKING EARTH NEWS
NEW ZEALAND

A MASSIVE earthquake registering 7.6 on the Richter scale in the South Pacific was felt more than 1,000km away in New Zealand.

Seismologists at GNS Science in Wellington said the quake was officially designated “major,” being one of only an average of 18 measuring between 7 and 7.9 recorded every year around the world.

Epicentre of the quake last night New Zealand time was in the geologically unstable Kermadec Ridge, a series of volcanic islands halfway between New Zealand and Tonga.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said there were no indications of a tsunami, probably because the quake was centred at a depth of 188 kilometres below the surface.

GNS Science said it was felt in parts of the North Island between Gisborne and the capital Wellington, 550 kilometres to the south.
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