April 19, 2011 – KERMADEC – A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter was south of the Kermadec Islands, about 340 miles (550 kilometers) east-northeast of Auckland, New Zealand, the survey said. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, but the U.S. Geological Survey later increased that to 6.6. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it does not expect the quake to generate “a destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami.” –CNN
Volcanic activity appears to be intensifying along the underwater volcanic arc near the North Island of New Zealand. Major earthquakes have struck Tonga and Kermadec in a week. An increase in volcanic activity means more seismic unrest for New Zealand. In the video below, geologists explore the hidden dangers lying in the Kermadec volcanic killing fields under the Pacific Ocean near New Zealand.