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last updated: 10/21/11 12:51.27 (PDT)

On Friday October 21 2011 at 10:57 AM (PDT) the USArray seismic network recorded an earthquake (preliminary Mw 7.4) located in the Kermadec Islands region, south Pacific.

Initial source parameters for this tremor are indicated below. The epicentral distance (i.e. distance separating the epicenter and the closest station in the recording network, SNCC) for the USArray is 9107 km (81.81 degrees).

If you felt the quake, the USGS would like to know. Please add your comments to the USGS page "Did you feel it?".


Global map view
Solution Parameters
Local Date:Friday October 21, 2011
Local Time:10:57 AM PST
Universal Time:10/21/11 (294) 17:57.18 UTC
Magnitude:7.4 Mw
Depth:40 km

Proximity to Population Centers

  • 169 km (105 miles) E of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
  • 375 km (233 miles) NE of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands
  • 877 km (544 miles) S of Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • 1215 km (754 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand


Mercator projection regional view

The red star denotes the earthquake epicenter. Triangle symbols are active stations at the time of the earthquake in the USArray (excluding ANSS backbone stations and GSN stations, which are represented by a diamond symbol) and colored by network. Blue lines are major rivers. Thin black lines are state boundaries and thick black lines are national boundaries.

Regional map view
Network Legend
 Transportable Array (TA)
 UC San Diego (AZ)
 CalTech (CI)
 Uni. Utah (UU)
 ANSS backbone stations (US)
 Global Seismograph Network (IU)

Regional satellite view

The red marker denotes the earthquake epicenter.

Detailed terrain view

The red marker denotes the earthquake epicenter.


You may view plots showing this event as recorded by USArray instruments:

3 components recorded by SNCC, the closest USArray station to the event:

Latest monthly deployment map

Every arrival station waveforms

View waveforms from any station* that recorded arrivals for the event by entering the station code below (e.g. 109C) and clicking the 'View waveforms' button:

* – If waveforms are filtered, the filter type is listed on the image

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Current seismic activity measured by USArray

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Further information

Learn more about the Array Network Facility (ANF) component of USArray, the USArray experiment, the EarthScope project, and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS).

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