By Ron Howells • 20 June 2021 • 20:21
New Zealand 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Sparks Tsunami Alert.
A massively powerful earthquake has rocked a subtropical island off the coast of New Zealand.
According to reports from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), the earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands, reaching a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter Scale. The quake struck shortly after 5 pm UTC and reached a depth of 32 miles (51km).
At this stage there is no immediate threat of a Tsunami being triggered.
The Kermadec Islands are located around 1,000km northeast of mainland New Zealand.
In a notice, the PTWC said: “An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 occurred in the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 1706 UTC on Sunday June 20, 2021.”
New Zealand was rocked by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake off its east coast on March 8, just days after a string of quakes in the same region sparked tsunami fears and mass evacuations.
A series of tremors were recorded just four days after two powerful earthquakes triggered evacuations along a 100-mile stretch of the country’s coast. The most significant was a quake with a 6.6 magnitude recorded at 7.36 am.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
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