Archive for August, 2007

Tasman Bay Quake

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

This morning’s magnitude 4.9 earthquake in Tasman Bay was felt in both the upper South Island and the lower North Island. The 7:56 a.m. quake was located 30 km west of French Pass, 40 km north of Nelson, at a depth of 150 km. Geonet had received 36 felt reports by 9:20 this morning.

An on-shore magnitude 3.9 quake struck 30 km east of Nelson at a depth of 70 km on August 11th.

[Compiled from data provided by the Geonet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST.]

North Island Earthquakes

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

A burst of shallow and deep quake activity occurred under the North Island overnight. Four shallow quakes were recorded near Matata in the Bay of Plenty, and one deep quake struck near Matawai, another near Taihape.


Earthquakes in Kermadecs

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Two moderately strong earthquakes occurred in New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands today, Friday the 10th of August 2007. The 5th magnitude quakes were at widely separated locations and depths.


The Cape Turnagain Earthquake of 1904

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

The morning of Tuesday the 9th of August 1904 was like any other as Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, began to emerge from winter. With New Zealand Mean Time set eleven-and-a-half hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, only the earliest risers would have had to turn up the gas lamps or light oil lamps as they opened curtains and shutters and rummaged about their houses getting ready to go to work.


Bay of Plenty Tremors

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

A series of shallow earth tremors have been felt at various locations in the Bay of Plenty overnight. Activity commenced just after 9 o’clock last night and continued for three-quarters of an hour before pausing for a time. Another burst of activity occurred between 11 p.m. and midnight before ceasing until dawn.


Earthquake, Southern Kermadecs

Monday, August 6th, 2007

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred 85 km WNW of L’Esperance Rock in the Southern Kermadec Island chain this morning, Monday 6th of August 2007. The 8:38 a.m. quake was 272 km deep.

This morning’s quake was located about 250 km north of the shallower magnitude 5.0 quake of early Friday afternoon, and follows a burst of deep and shallow earthquake activity in New Zealand’s North and South islands over the weekend.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

Earthquakes in North and South Islands

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

A burst of earthquake activity showed on seismographs in the North and South Islands from mid-afternoon yesterday. The main events ranged in magnitude between 2.7 and 4.5, with events near Matata, Foxton, Waipukurau, Inglewood and Twizel.


Like A Moth To A Flame

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

There was a time when linux was my preferred operating system – it was cheap, stable, reliable and my preferred distro’s had a steady development path. That was before it became popular and trendy.


Earthquake, Southern Kermadecs

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

A deep magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck to the north of the Bay of Plenty at 1:50 this afternoon, Friday 3rd August 2007. The quake was located 230 km SSW of L’Esperance Rock in the Kermadec Islands, 630 km north-east of Auckland at a depth of 266 km.

The quake followed a magnitude 5.7 earthquake at a depth of about 12 km near the South Magnetic Pole off the coast of Antarctica an hour earlier at 12:41 p.m. This event, far to the south-west of New Zealand, occurred in the George V Fracture Zone, 595 km north-east of Dumont d’Urville, Antarctica.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

Country of Origin Labelling

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Green MP Sue Kedgley has struck a chord with a large sector of the public in yet again pushing the issue about labelling food with its country of origin. This issue is one of many that have been around for years, with tardy manufacturers and retailers making incremental improvements to their labelling to meet a minimal requirement imposed by legislation.


Strong Earthquake Near Vanuatu

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

A strong submarine earthquake struck near the island of Espiritu Santo this morning, New Zealand time. The earthquake and a moderately strong aftershock nearby are the latest events in a burst of activity which began near Vanuatu on July 30th.