Earthquake of 7.1 Magnitude Jolts Kermadec Islands in New Zealand, Read out Details

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The Earthquake was estimated at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles).


KERMADEC: An Earthquake of 7.1 magnitude jolted the Kermadec Islands region in New Zealand's on  Thursday (March 16), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. 

As per the reports, the earthquake was estimated at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles). The United States Tsunami Warning System has prompted a tsunami warning following this earthquake, said USGS report. However, the National Emergency Management Agency said that there was no danger of tsunami for New Zealand. 

The National Emergency Management Agency tweeted, "There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the M7.0 earthquake in the Southern Kermadec Islands. Remember, if an earthquake is long or strong, get gone. For more info about tsunami preparedness go to."

Earthquakes in New Zealand.....

Earthquakes occurs frequently in New Zealand as it is situated in the collision zone between the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, part of the Pacific Basin Ring of Fire. The location is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes. This axis follows the boundary between the Indo-Australian and Pacific plates. 

What is an Earthquake?

It can be defined as any sudden shaking of the ground caused by the passage of seismic waves through rocks on Earth. As per britannica, Seismic waves are produced when some form of energy stored in Earth’s crust is suddenly released, usually when masses of rock straining against one another suddenly fracture and slip. Earthquakes occur most often along geologic faults, narrow zones. 

Major earthquakes occur frequently in belts coinciding with the margins of tectonic plates. The most important earthquake belt is the Circum-Pacific Belt, which affects many populated coastal regions around the Pacific Ocean as of New Zealand, New Guinea, Japan, the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and the western coasts of North and South America. 

As per the report, the highest-risk zone in New Zealand is Wellington. It has experienced severe earthquakes since European settlement. New Zealand has very stringent building regulations. The 1929 Murchison earthquake and 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake led to the development of stricter building codes in New Zealand from 1935.

Earthquakes effects many geologic features as damage to buildings (Large or small), bridges, pipelines, railways, embankments and human, animal life. The extent of damage is directly related to the strength of the quake. 

Here are some earthquake safety tips.....

- Drop down on knees under any table or other solid furniture. This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.

- Cover your head and neck and your entire body if possible underneath a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, get down near an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.

- Hold on to your head and neckuntil the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking became intense. 

- Within the few seconds of earthquake, quickly move away from glass, high shelves, hanging objects,  light fixtures, bookcases, bricks, cabinets, almirahs or other large furniture that is expected to fall on you. 

- If you are inside a crowded place, do not panic or rush for the doorways. Move away from display shelves containing objects that may fall. Take cover if possible and grab something to shield your head and face.