USGSA powerful, shallow magnitude 6.2 quake has shook the Kermadec Islands region just north of New Zealand this morning. USGS has issued a "green alert" for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage and no tsunami alert has been given.
As we stutter into the darkness of 2021 a total number of 3,212 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) have shaken our planet since January the 1st 2000. The average annual total stands at 157 which happened consequently in 2003 and 2004.