A MAGNITUDE 6 earthquake has shaken Australia’s Norfolk Island, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has said - the second to rock the South Pacific Ocean over the past 24 hours.
This latest quake hit at a depth of 10km (six miles) about 681km (423 miles) northeast of Norfolk Island. There was no immediate tsunami warning after and no reports of damage or casualties. The small island, which is home to around 1.750 people, lies 1,412 kilometres east of the Australian mainland.
Only yesterday, a tsunami warning was issued after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck near the French territory of New Caledonia.
The shallow quake, which had a depth of six miles, struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands,
Two aftershocks were later recorded at 5.9 magnitude and 5.7 magnitude north of the island.
A tsunami alert was later issued, but officials expected to see fluctuations to affected coastal areas.
Both islands are in Pacific’s “Ring of Fire” where many earthquakes occur.
The Ring of Fire is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where several earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.
It is a large horseshoe shape and is associated with a nearly continuous series of plate movements.
Around 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes and 81 percent of the world’s largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.