Boom, Boom, Boom! 3 powerful M7.3, M7.4 and M6.1 earthquakes hit New Zealand and Vanuatu within 4 hours

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3 very strong earthquakes hit New Zealand and Vanuatu on March 4, 2021 within a bit more than 4 hours… Pretty amazing, no?

3 strong earthquakes hit New Zealand and Vanuatu on March 4 2021
3 strong earthquakes hit New Zealand and Vanuatu on March 4 2021

The first quake, a magitude 7.3, hit 174 km NE of Gisborne, New Zealand at 13:27 UTC on March 4, 2021.

Now, watch the waves from the M7.3 earthquake offshore of New Zealand roll across seismic stations in North America.

Very powerful, isn’t it?

Although the jolt hit at intermediate depth (21km or 13 miles) amazing videos of the shaking were recorded by residents… Here a few compiled in a Youtube video:

A bit more than 4 hours later, a M7.4 quake struck 900 km to the north in the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 17:41 (UTC) at intermediate depth (56km or 35 miles).

Did the M7.3 trigger the M7.4? Maybe. Both though are related to subduction of the Pacific plate beneath the Australian plate…

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Two strong earthquakes hit New Zealand on March 4, 2021 along the same subduction zone. Picture via twitter

About an hour before the Kermanec quake, a deep M6.1 earthquake hit 69 km SSW of Sola, Vanuatu at 16:53 UTC.

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M6.1 earthquake hits Vanuatu on March 4, 2021. Map via USGS

In the recent weeks, the region was also recently hit by a swarm of powerful quakes south of the Royalty Islands. Something very big is brewing in the area… Be ready for the big one!

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