Archive for October, 2007

A Timely Reminder

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area in the U.S. state of California this afternoon caused problems for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website and is a timely reminder to avoid too much integration of reporting systems.

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Hydro Lakes Recover

Monday, October 29th, 2007

For the first time since February, New Zealand’s hydro-electric lake storage has risen above average levels.

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Overnight Earthquakes

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

A burst of earthquake activity took place in both the North and South Islands overnight.

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Reefton Earthquake

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

A moderately strong, shallow earthquake struck near Reefton this afternoon.

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck at 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday October 24th 2007. It was located 20 km east of Reefton (50 km south-west of Murchison) at a depth of 9 km. Early reports from the public indicate that the quake was felt strongly at Blackball and Lyell, and as far away as Fox Glacier, Christchurch and Nelson.

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

Quake Near French Pass

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck off-shore 30 km north of French Pass, 100 km north-west of Wellington, at 5:35 this morning, Tuesday 23rd October 2007. The quake was 110 km deep, and was felt in the Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington regions, at Karamea on the West Coast and as far north as Palmerston North and New Plymouth.

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

Poverty Bay in October 1887

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Having listened to Jim Sullivan’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New Zealand Sound Archive on Radio New Zealand National this morning, my mind turned to other historical things. What was happening in Poverty Bay on this day in 1887?

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Hydro Lake Storage Declines Further

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

New Zealand’s hydro-electric lake storage levels continued to decline during September 2007 going against the trend of recent years. Inflows were generally below average, and demand was higher than last year.
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Fiordland Earthquakes Continue

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Earthquake activity off the coast of Fiordland continued at a lower rate overnight. Milford Sound remains isolated by road. Insurance claims climb to $170,000.

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Strong Earthquake, Northern Kermadecs

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

A strong, deep earthquake struck the northern Kermadec Islands this morning. The magnitude 6.4 earthquake, which struck at 10:06 a.m. on Wednesday 17th October 2007, was located 490 km north-north-west of Raoul Island at a depth of 470 km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, which listed the quake at magnitude 6.6, issued a bulletin at 10:17 a.m. advising, “A destructive tsunami was not generated based on earthquake and historical tsunami data.”

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, and the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.]

Fiordland Earthquakes Continue

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Two sixth magnitude earthquakes and related aftershocks have struck off-shore near Milford Sound this morning.

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Strong Quake, South Island

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Fiordland at 1:30 this morning, Tuesday 16th October 2007.

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Geological Summary for New Zealand Area, September 2007

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Earthquake activity continued at a low level before increasing abruptly at month’s end. White Island, and Mt Ngauruhoe remained at Alert Level 1, eruptive activity at Mt Ruapehu raised its alert status to 2. Two earthquake events triggered tsunami watches.

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Fzzzzt Pop

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Visitors arriving at the Wild Land website via the top level domain wildland.info will have experienced difficulties in recent days.

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Coastal Earthquakes

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Two moderately strong earthquakes struck off New Zealand coasts overnight. The quakes are the latest events in on-going earthquake activity in the islands of the south-west Pacific.

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Wet, Wet, Wet

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Steady rain in Tawa yesterday came close to marking it as the wettest day since Tawa Weather began operating an automatic weather station in January 2005.

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