On Thursday, the Kermadec Islands region in New Zealand was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake occurred in the early hours of the morning and was recorded at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles).
While the US Tsunami Warning System issued a warning for uninhabited islands within a 300-km radius, the National Emergency Management Agency confirmed that there was no danger of a tsunami for New Zealand.
This earthquake comes just two weeks after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the same region. New Zealand sits on the “Ring of Fire,” a belt of volcanoes and tectonic plates circling the Pacific Ocean.
Although there were no reports of any damage or casualties from this latest earthquake, it is a reminder of the constant threat of seismic activity in the region.