6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Macquarie Island region, between NZ and Antarctica

  • 04/03/2024
The blue dot shows where the earthquake hit.
The blue dot shows where the earthquake hit. Photo credit: US Geological Survey

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has struck the Macquarie Island region, located southwest of New Zealand, halfway to Antarctica.

The US Geological Survey reports the quake hit at 5:16am and was 10 kilometres deep.

No tsunami alert has been issued for New Zealand.

A couple of earthquakes were also recorded near the Kermadec Islands, northeast of New Zealand, over the past 24 hours.

A magnitude 5.4 quake was recorded south of the Kermadec Islands at 12:14pm Sunday and a magnitude 4.9 quake was recorded in a similar spot at 3:01pm Sunday.

There was also a magnitude 4.4 quake 80km east of Pauanui at 9:11am Sunday. It had a depth of 376km.