A moderately strong earthquake struck near Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands this evening, New Zealand time.
Archive for September, 2006
A strong, moderately deep earthquake struck near Tonga at 6:22 this evening (NZST).
A swarm of light, shallow earthquakes has been occurring near Kerikeri in Northland since September 17th.
Activity at Raoul volcano in the Kermadec Islands has continued to decline and GNS Science have reduced the alert level for the volcano.
Last night’s 5th magnitude earthquake in the Tasman Sea west of Paraparaumu was the latest in a short series of deep to very deep earthquakes to strike central New Zealand in the past ten days.
The earthquake struck close to where a magnitude 5.0 quake at a similar depth early in the morning of Monday May 15th caused items to fall from shelves in the Wellington and Marlborough regions.
Earthquake activity near Tonga has risen during the last 7 days, according to data supplied by the US Geological Survey.
A deep earthquake struck underneath the Moutere Valley in Nelson Province just after 6 o’clock this evening.
Earthquake activity continued at a low level. Raoul Island, White Island, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Ruapehu remain at Alert Level 1.
A spectacular collapse of ice and snow into the crater lake has been observed at Mt Ruapehu, according to Hazardwatch.
Tawa’s climate during August 2006 was colder, wetter and windier than last year, continuing the trend set during July.
The 4th magnitude earthquake which struck near Napier at dawn today, was the first of 4 events which occurred at various lower North Island locations in a 33-minute period.
National hydro lake storage continued its decline during August, reaching its lowest level for the year at the end of the month.
Careful management of electricity generating resources during the winter of 2006 maintained the hydro storage at levels well above the 1992 crisis year, managing to meet demand caused by 40-year record snows in the South Island and very wet conditions in parts of the North Island.
However, hydro reserves at the end of August dropped below the storage levels at the same time at end of the 1992 crisis period, highlighting a continued need for more generating capacity.
A moderately strong, deep earthquake struck near Mt Taranaki early this morning.
The earthquake, which clearly showed on Geonet’s seismometers, was probably too deep to have been felt.
An unusual intra-plate earthquake struck the South Pacific state of the Tokelau Islands on Sunday afternoon, New Zealand time.
Tokelau, which is several hundred kilometres north of Fiji and Tonga where plate boundary earthquakes are commonly felt, does not normally experience such activity, and seismic records for the area are scarce.
The strong earthquake which struck in the Solomon Islands late this evening (New Zealand time) has been revised to magnitude 6.8 or 6.9.
The quake, which showed clearly on seismometers in New Zealand, struck at 10:19 p.m. New Zealand Standard Time. It was located 60 km south of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea at a depth of 54 km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin at 10:35 p.m. advising that a Pacific-wide tsunami event was NOT expected to result from the earthquake.
[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey, Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and their contributing agencies.]