Earthquake of 7.1 magnitude hits Kermadec Islands region near New Zealand

An earthquake of 7.1 magnitude hit the Kermadec Islands region near New Zealand. The earthquake today occurred at a depth of 10 km. So far, no casualties have been reported. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre stated that the tsunami threat which occurred from the earthquake that jolted the Kermadec Islands region has now passed. The country's National Emergency Management Agency asked people to remain at a distance from coastal areas to ensure their safety.

New Zealand always remains prone to earthquakes as it shares its boundary with two major tectonic plates of the world the Australian Plate and the Pacific Plate. The country is also located on the edge of a zone of intense seismic activity which is known as the Ring of Fire. Thousands of earthquakes rock New Zealand every year.

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