July 3, 2012 – A 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Struck Off the West Coast of North Island, New Zealand: Note: This earthquake has been reported as a 7.0 magnitude by some agencies. The quake occurred at 10:36PM local time at a depth of 236 kilometers (147 miles). At that depth there is no probability of a tsunami. Deep quakes like this one are felt over a very wide area. See the USGS website for complete details.
The tremor was 65 miles SSW of New Plymouth, New Zealand; 104 miles WNW of Palmerston North and 107 miles NNW of Wellington, New Zealand (see maps).
Below, is a close-up of the earthquake epicenter and New Zealand.
The major fault line of New Zealand is shown below:
You can clearly see how the Pacific “Ring of Fire” tectonic plate boundary, slices directly through New Zealand; especially South Island. This is why N.Z. is home to so many major earthquakes and volcanoes.
At the time of the quake it was 6:36AM in New York, 5:36AM in Chicago, 4:36AM in Denver and 3:36AM in Los Angeles. (Credits: Data – USGS, Narrative – W. G. Foster, Maps – Google Maps).
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