East Cape Earthquakes

A moderately strong undersea earthquake struck near East Cape this morning.

Thursday 1st September, 2016

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck 100 km north-east of Te Araroa at 10:05 this morning. GeoNet reports that the quake was 25 km deep. The quake was felt from Auckland to Wellington, with most reports of shaking being filed from locations in the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne districts.

GeoNet Seismograph Network 1 September 2016

GeoNet Seismograph Network 1 September 2016


[click for larger image] The quake left a strong trace on GeoNet’s seismograph network.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake as magnitude 5.8, centred 188 km north-north-east of Gisborne at a depth of 22 km.

A burst of light onshore earthquake activity has followed this morning’s quake. A magnitude 3.1 quake struck 15 km north-west of Ruatoria at 10:16. Three earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.1 and 3.2 struck near Te Araroa at 10:53, 10:58 and 11:37. All of these quakes have been between 42 and 48 km deep.

[Compiled from data supplied by GeoNet and the U.S. Geological Survey.]

2 Responses to “East Cape Earthquakes”

  1. Lizzie from Gizzie says:

    didn’t notice the quake but the house creaked somewhat!!! which caught my attention but because I couldn’t detect any earth movement didn’t think much about it! Strange!!!!

  2. Ken says:

    Update: GeoNet has since revised the magnitudes and locations of the onshore quakes to an area about 90 km north-east of Te Araroa.

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