May 16, 2006

Major quake in Pacific, no damage seen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A major earthquake struck under the
Pacific Ocean about 1,200 km (750 miles) north of New Zealand
on Tuesday, but no damage was expected, the U.S. Geological
Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the earthquake was
not expected to trigger a major tsunami, but could result in a
smaller one within 100 km of the epicenter.

The magnitude 7.4 quake struck at 10:39 p.m. (1039 GMT/6:39
EDT) about 90 miles beneath the sea bed about 180 miles
southwest of Raoul island, the USGS said.