Kermadec Islands


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Kermadec Islands

(kərmăd`ĕk), almost uninhabited, active volcanic group (c.13 sq mi/34 sq km), South Pacific, 450 mi (720 km) NE of New Zealand, of which they are a dependency. Raoul, or Sunday, Island, the largest, is mountainous, with three main craters. The group, now a nature reserve, was annexed to New Zealand in 1887. The islands are adjacent to the Kermadec-Tonga Trench.

Kermadec Islands

 

a group of four islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The islands belong to New Zealand and their area totals 33 sq km. Of volcanic origin, they have a tropical climate, with moderately warm and humid weather. Raoul, or Sunday, Island is the largest, with an area of 29 sq km, and the highest, with an elevation reaching 525 m; it is covered with tropical forests and grassy vegetation. There is a meteorological station. The islands were named in 1793 in honor of J. M. Huon de Kermadec, a member of the French expedition of Antoine de Bruni, Chevalier d’Entrecasteaux.

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9 earthquake hit near Raoul Island, a remote area in the Kermadec Islands chain of New Zealand.
Kermadec Islands 1,000 kilometres to the north east of New Zealand
The US Geological Survey said the tremor in the Kermadec Islands region north of New Zealand, which struck at about 0416 GMT, was estimated to be at a depth of 325 kilometers (200 miles) and about 112 kilometers from the nearest populated area at L'Esperance Rock.
The US Geological Survey said the tremor in the Kermadec Islands region north of New Zealand, which struck at about 0416 GMT (0946 IST), was estimated to be at a depth of 325 kilometres and about 112 kilometres from the nearest populated area at L'Esperance Rock.
Additionally, tissue samples of Amblycirrhitus bimacula (N = 1, Hawai'i), Cirrhitus pinnulatus (N = 3, Guam), Neocirrhites armatus (N = 3, Guam), and Notocirrhitus splendens (N = 2, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand) were obtained and sequenced at both loci and deposited in GenBank (Table I).
The Orion relayed the information to New Zealand navy vessel HMNZS Canterbury, which spotted the pumice late Thursday about 85 nautical miles west southwest of Raoul Island, one of the Kermadec Islands that lie 750 to 1,000 km northeast of New Zealand.
6 magnitude earthquake struck 180 kilometers (112 miles) east of Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands at 17:57:17 UTC on October 21, 2011.
Protura (Insecta) from the Kermadec Islands, and a redescription of Acerentulus nemoralis from Argentina.
At the Kermadec Islands (31[degrees]21'S, 178[degrees]48'W-29[degrees]15'S, 177[degrees]55W), kyphosids, pomacentrids, and labrids dominate the assemblage, and these islands are known for their components of both subtropical and temperate faunas (Schiel et al.
A powerful earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands of New Zealand, triggering a tsunami in the area, according to the U.
A new species of Priolepis (Teleostei; Gobiidae) from the Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean, with comments on relationships.
tsunami warning was issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre for Tonga, Niue, Kermadec Islands, American Samoa, Samoa and Fiji.