An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale has been detected near Macquarie Island in the Pacific Ocean. The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre says it occurred just after 10am central standard time.
The centre says the earthquake poses no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland or islands.
* Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 00:30:11 UTC
* Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 11:30:11 AM at epicenter
Location 55.681Â°S, 158.527Â°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region MACQUARIE ISLAND REGION
120 km (75 miles) S of Macquarie Island, Australia
755 km (470 miles) SW of Auckland Island, New Zealand
1995 km (1240 miles) SSW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
2385 km (1480 miles) SSE of CANBERRA, A.C.T., Australia
CANBERRA, Australia - Three earthquakes _ the largest of magnitude 7.5 _ struck in quick succession Wednesday under the Pacific Ocean near Vanuatu and New Caledonia, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage. The threat of a tsunami was "not very high," Pacific Tsunami Warning Center oceanographer David Walsh said of the final and largest quake. He said the center was continuing to monitor the region for tsunami threats. A 6.4 magnitude quake was followed 10 minutes later by a 5.9 aftershock. The third quake came about 80 minutes later, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement. All three quakes were about 95 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Isangel, Vanuatu, and about 170 kilometers (106 miles) northeast of Tadine in the Loyalty Islands, the USGS said. While large by world standards, Walsh said quakes of this magnitude were relatively common in the region.
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