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As a geographically active 'hotspot', the Kermadec Islands also experience frequent earthquakes, the most recently significant of which occurred at 22:39 NZST on May 16, 2006. The epicentre was approximately 290 km SSW from Raoul and measured 7.4 on the moment magnitude scale, and as such is classified as a 'major' earthquake by the United States Geological Survey. It was felt as far away as Christchurch, New Zealand some 1500 km from the epicentre.
Also of note on January 31, 2007 at 4:15:55 NZST a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook the island. The epicenter was approximately 40 km (25 miles) S of Raoul and 10 km below the seabed. More recently on December 9th 2007 at 8.28pm NZST a magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook the area, centered approximately 350km north of Raoul Island at a depth of 188km.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- A powerful earthquake struck the mountains of Central Asia, killing 58 people and destroying more than 100 buildings in a village in southern Kyrgyzstan, emergency officials said Monday.
Magnitude ML 4.7
Date time 2008-12-16 at 05:20:00.4 UTC
Location 55.56 N ; 13.95 E
Depth 2 km