Quake strikes near Zealand islands region

World | 10 Sep 2018 3:37 pm

A strong but deep earthquake has struck near New Zealand but did not immediately cause damage or injuries and a tsunami was not expected.

The magnitude 6.9 quake struck today in the Kermadec Islands region about 480 miles northeast of Auckland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Its depth was 69 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it did not expect a Pacific-wide tsunami. New Zealand authorities said they did not expect a tsunami to hit their country.

Another strong quake hit the South Pacific earlier today when a magnitude 6.5 quake struck near the Solomon Islands. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

New Zealand and the Solomon Islands sit on the "Ring of Fire,'' an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific where earthquakes are common.-AP

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