The tremor is the most recent in a a collection of 34 within the area within the final day, the USGS has mentioned. It struck at a depth of 6.2 miles.
Seismic exercise is commonplace within the area, positioned throughout the so-called Ring of Fireplace which stretches across the Pacific Basin.
On Monday, the American Geophysical Union tweeted: “An M8.1 #earthquake off the coast of #NewZealand triggered an estimated 300 #landslides on #RaoulIsland, the most important of the #Kermadec Islands.
“The hilly island has been volcanically lively in a geologically current timeframe.”
The islands are positioned roughly 500 miles off the coast of New Zealand’s north island.
They’re listed with the New Zealand outlying islands
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