At around 8:41 on April 24, 2023, that is, at 12:41 noon on the 24th New Zealand time, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 occurred in the waters near the Kermadec Islands in New Zealand, with a focal depth of 30 kilometers. Staff at the Chinese embassy in New Zealand said the island was largely uninhabited.
Surrounding cities: There are no large and medium-sized cities within 300 kilometers of the epicenter. Epicenter terrain: The average altitude within 5 kilometers of the epicenter is about -3126 meters.
It is understood that the Kermadec Islands are located in the northeast of the North Island of New Zealand, about 1030 kilometers away from Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. The quake has the potential to trigger a tsunami, but it is unclear whether it will affect New Zealand's North and South Islands. Local authorities have asked coastal residents who felt the strong earthquake to quickly evacuate to higher ground. Editor/He Yuting