a few misconceptions cropping up in todays posts that need clarifying
reply to post by 1/2 Nephilim
sure the NZ quake is on the Ring of Fire, but its not the Kermadec Trench by any means, the edge of the Pacific Plate where it was is above the sea
having been uplifted over millions of years by earthquakes (and still rising)
reply to post by Hellmutt
That quake was just 38 km (24 miles) from Mount Taupo.
Taupo Volcanic Zone
there is no such place as Mount Taupo, that blew up 26,500 years ago and left a big hole, that is now filled with water and called Lake Taupo.
sure enough the quakes today were in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, but that stretches from Mt Ruapehu right up through to White Island offshore.
The quakes today were on the fringes of the Mamaku Plateau which is more related to Lake (caldera) Rotorua which erupted 240,000 years ago.
its all in the link you posted.
in fact todays 5.77ML was not even on a recognized Fault
think of the depth peoples, 175km deep is tectonic, not volcanic
the crust is barely that thick through the TVZ, so odds are a chunk of the Pacific Plate just fell off into the Earths core (all those East Cape
quakes showed the movement of the plate west last month, it had to come sooner or later)
here is a cross section of the North Island at that latitude
subduction subduction subduction
see the cluster at 120-180km? as it happens this was Jan 2011 and there was a 5 in the same area then
edit on 7-12-2012 by muzzy because: (no reason given)