April 18, 2011
6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes South Pacific
The U.S. Geological Survey said that a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific on Monday.
The survey said that the epicenter was south of the Kermadeic Islands, about 340 miles east-northeast of Auckland, New Zealand.
The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, but the U.S. Geological Survey later increased to a 6.6-magnitude quake.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that it does not expect the earthquake to generate "a destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami."
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake devastated New Zealand's second largest city, Christchurch, in February, which claimed 181 lives. This earthquake followed a more powerful 7.1-magnitude quake in September 2010.
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