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7.2 Preliminary Magnitude Earthquake Rocks New Zealand

By Brandon Mercer
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SJ Earthquake Chris Wondolowski Secures Spot On US World Cup Roster; Landon Donovan Cut

STANFORD (CBS SF) -- San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondowlowski has secured his spot on the World Cup roster for the U.S. national team.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann released the 23-man roster of players that will travel to Brazil to compete in the World Cup Thursday.

Wondowlowski, a native of Danville, was the top goal scorer in Major League Soccer in 2012. He is a graduate of Concord's De La Salle High School and Chico State University.

Former Earthquake Landon Donovan, for years the face of US Soccer, was one of the seven cuts among the 30 U.S. players training at Stanford University over the last week vying for a spot on the team.

Ironically, Donovan's image was briefly featured in an advertising banner on the US Soccer website page listing the World Cup roster.

Another San Jose Earthquake, defender Clarence Woodson, was among the other players cut from the national squad.

NEW ZEALAND (CBS SF) — Seismologists recorded a 7.2 preliminary magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands, Monday.

Details on damage or injuries are not known at this time.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is tracking the quake, but reports no Pacific-wide danger at this time.

A 2011 quake devastated Christchurch and killed 185 people and only measured 6.3 magnitude, exponentially less powerful than today’s quake, but centered under a populated region.

Since 1900, there have been 15 earthquakes over a magnitude 7.5.  Nine occurred on the Macquarie Ridge.  This is where the Australian plate and the Pacific plate collide in one of the most cataclysmically active areas of the Rim of Fire.  A 1931 7.8 quake killed 126 people in Hawke’s Bay.

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