The earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands and reached a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter Scale, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC). The quake struck shortly after 5pm 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 mostly uninhabited and is 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.
“Based on all available data… there is no Tsunami threat from this earthquake.”
New Zealand is prone to earthquakes due to its proximity to the notorious Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean.
Tremors are usually triggered by tectonic movement on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific plates.
In April, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 struck the eastern coast of North Island in New Zealand.
At the time New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern insisted the country could not catch a break as the natural occurrences took place during the battle against coronavirus.
She said: “It’s hard not to feel like our country is having a run of bad luck, when you have an earthquake, tsunami and pandemic to contend with all in one day.”
A decade ago, New Zealand experienced one of its deadliest earthquakes after a 6.3 quake was recorded in the South Island city of Christchurch – killing 185 people.
The Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone, is located in the Pacific Ocean and witnesses around 90 percent of the planet’s earthquakes.
The Ring of Fire stretches 25,000 miles from New Zealand through Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan to Canada and the US West Coast through to South America.
Published at Sun, 20 Jun 2021 17:38:00 +0000