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Powerful earthquake rattles uninhabited islands north of New Zealand

Canadian Press
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2006

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred deep under the South Pacific late Tuesday near an uninhabited chain of islands north of New Zealand, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin saying the quake had not generated a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami but warned it could spawn a small tsunami within 100 kilometres of its epicentre.

The USGS said the quake hit at 10:39 p.m. about 148 kilometres below the seabed and some 290 kilometres south-southwest of Raoul Island. The island is 1,140 kilometres northeast of New Zealand's largest city, Auckland.

(c)The Canadian Press 2006

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