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7.8 EARTHQUAKE RATTLES NEW ZEALAND

July 15, 2009, 7:21 AM HST
* Updated July 15, 7:23 AM
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A large 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand late last night.  It was followed by a smaller 5.8 quake also off the west coast of the south island of New Zealand.

Image Courtesy USGS.

Image Courtesy USGS.

A tsunami advisory was issued for Hawaii at 11:43 last night (Tuesday, July 14, 2009), but was cancelled about an hour later.

The preliminary parameters of the initial earthquake are as follows:

Region:                                               OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.

Geographic coordinates:                 45.721S, 166.643E

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Magnitude:                                         7.8 Mw

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Depth:                                                 35 km

Universal Time (UTC):                      15 Jul 2009  09:22:32

Time near the Epicenter:                  15 Jul 2009  20:22:32

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Local standard time in your area:    14 Jul 2009  23:22:32

Location with respect to nearby cities:

152 km (94 miles) WNW (299 degrees) of Invercargill, New Zealand

176 km (109 miles) WSW (244 degrees) of Queenstown, New Zealand

299 km (186 miles) W (272 degrees) of Dunedin, New Zealand

821 km (510 miles) SW (230 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

(Posted by Wendy Osher © 2009)

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