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Two major earthquakes rattle South Pacific

A pair of big, Pacific Ocean earthquakes happened Sunday, but there are no reports of damage, injuries or tsunamis.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A pair of big, Pacific Ocean earthquakes happened Sunday, but there are no reports of damage, injuries or tsunamis.

One of the quakes struck near the uninhabited Auckland Islands of New Zealand and had a preliminary magnitude of 7.4. It was centered deep underground, around 300 miles southwest of New Zealand’s southernmost city.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the other temblor, which measured around 6.8, about 215 miles south-southeast of the U.S. territory of Guam. It had a depth of about 6.2 miles beneath the sea floor, according to the USGS.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 and that it occurred around 11:09 a.m. Japan time. The agency cited information provided by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Although the Japanese agency issued no tsunami warnings, it said there may be a chance of a tsunami near the epicenter.

However, a Hawaii center official said it had not received any tsunami reports.

“It’s very unlikely any destructive tsunami was created by this earthquake,” said Stuart Weinstein, assistant director of the Hawaii center. “It would have reached Guam by now.”

“We haven’t received any reports of tsunami activity in Guam, but we did hear that the earthquake was felt in Guam,” Weinstein said.