Archive for March, 2008

Dry Spell Broken

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

The 22-day spell of dry weather was broken at Tawa this morning, when misty, drizzly conditions set in.


Strong Earthquake, Southern Kermadecs

Friday, March 28th, 2008

A strong, deep earthquake struck to the south of the Kermadec Islands this evening. Initial analysis of the event indicates that it was between magnitude 5.3 and 6.2.


Strong Quake in Kermadecs

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

A strong earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands this evening, Tuesday the 18th March 2008. The magnitude 6.1 quake was located 70 km north-east of Raoul Island at a depth of 28 km, according to data supplied by the Geological Survey of the United States of America.

Geoscience Australia report the quake at magnitude 6.2 and New Zealand’s seismologists, who have responsibility for the area, have pointedly ignored the 9:23 p.m. event and nothing has been posted on the GeoNet website.

The shallow undersea quake was not assessed by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

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

Deep Quake Western N.I.

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

A moderately strong deep earthquake struck the western North Island this morning. The magnitude 5.0 quake was located 30 km east of Stratford in Taranaki at a depth of 220 km.

Early reports indicate the quake, which struck at 3:22 a.m. on Tuesday March 18th 2008, was felt at New Plymouth, in the Manawatu district and at several Wellington locations.

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

Marlborough Sounds Quake

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Last night’s deep earthquake in the Marlborough Sounds was widely felt in the lower North Island and upper South Island.


Hawke’s Bay Earthquakes

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

A burst of shallow earthquake activity has struck off-shore in Hawke’s Bay since Thursday evening.


Earthquakes Near Vanuatu and Tonga

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

A pair of 6th magnitude earthquakes has struck near Vanuatu and a pair of 5th magnitude events near Tonga in recent days.


Increased Earthquake Activity in Asia

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

A burst of earthquake activity has rattled Asian regions from Indonesia through the Philippines to Japan and up into the Aleutian Islands during the past two days, with events as large as magnitude 6.9 among the list of seventeen quakes.


Quakes, North-eastern BoP

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Earthquake activity near the southern limit of the Kermadec Ridge to the north-east of the Bay of Plenty has continued.


Hydro Lakes Finish February at 1992 Levels

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

A slight recovery during the last week of February 2008 has resulted in hydro lake storage levels paralleling the 1992 trend.