6.1 quake hits Kermadec Islands in N.Z.

May 21, 2011 at 6:03 PM

KERMADEC ISLANDS, New Zealand, May 21 (UPI) -- A 6.1-magnitude earthquake Sunday struck the uninhabited Kermadec Islands in New Zealand, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at 9:17 a.m. local time Sunday at a depth of 12.3 miles, the USGS said. The Kermadec Islands are 500 miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island.

The epicenter was 107 miles from Raoul Island and 689 miles from Tonga.

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