Bay of Plenty Earthquakes

Residents of the Bay of Plenty have reported slightly more earthquakes than normal in recent weeks, with 15 quakes being felt at several towns and settlements. The earthquakes have struck at four distinctly separate locations in the area, all at shallow depths.

The Matata earthquake swarms have continued at a steady rate during February, with 9 events being felt. The earthquakes with magnitudes between 2.5 and 3.7, are occuring at three locations – 10 km north, 10 km north-east and within 5 km of the town.

Four earthquakes were reported by residents of Whakatane on the 25th and 26th. The quakes, which ranged in magnitude between 2.5 and 3.7, were located 10 km north of Whakatane at depths of 5 km.

A magnitude 2.5 earthquake at a depth of 5 km was reported felt in Atiamuri, south of Rotorua yesterday.

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake at a depth of 5 km struck 10 km north-east of White Island on February 12th. It was felt at Te Kaha.

[Compiled from data supplied by Geonet and its contributing agencies, and Hazardwatch.]

One Response to “Bay of Plenty Earthquakes”

  1. Chris says:

    The Edgecumbe Earthquake, 20 years ago in 3 days time was preceded by a number of small earthquakes in Matata and Thornton…it just makes you wonder if things aren’t gearing up for another shake in that area.

    With the volume of earthquakes in the Matata and Eastern Bay of Plenty over the past few months, many of those becoming shallower recently, it certainly would appear that something is happening…

    Maybe a red herring….maybe not.

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