Wellington: A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands in New Zealand on Monday, without triggering a tsunami alert. Also Read - Earthquake of 3.6 Magnitude Jolts Assam Once Again
New Zealand GeoNet recorded that the quake occurred at 4.18 p.m (local time), with the epicentre of 132 km below and 785 km away from Whakatane in north island, Radio New Zealand reported. Also Read - Earthquake of Magnitude 3.3 Hits Assam: National Center for Seismology
The tremor was initially reported as of 6.8 magnitudes but was later revised. GeoNet said the quake could be felt across the country, from the East Coast to the South Island. Also Read - 3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Assam's Sonitpur, 7th Tremor Within a Day
Ministry of Civil Defence of New Zealand said that based on current information, the initial assessment ruled out a subsequent tsunami threat.
Seismologist John Ristau said even though an automated system of the GNS, New Zealand’s research institute, reported several small earthquakes, it was not the case.