Central New Zealand Earthquakes

A short series of earthquakes struck central New Zealand overnight, following a moderately strong deep earthquake near Nelson.

Many residents of central New Zealand were woken by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake which struck 20 km east of Nelson at 1:25 this morning, Monday May 14th 2007. The 90 km deep quake had attracted 234 felt reports on the Geonet website by 8 a.m. and was felt from Bulls to Greymouth and as far east as Akaroa on Banks Peninsula. The quake’s depth has limited its ability to cause damage.

Two shallow quakes have struck 30 km north-west of Murchison since the early morning event. A magnitude 3.6 quake struck at a depth of 8 km at 5:17 a.m. It was followed by a magnitude 4.1 event at a depth of 5 km at 5:45 a.m.

A short series of quakes struck Marlborough early on Saturday morning, May 12th. A pair of quakes struck at 00:56 a.m., one was a magnitude 4.4, 60 km deep event offshore from Kaikoura and the other was a magnitude 4.4, 30 km deep event 10 km north-west of the town. At 6:22 a.m. a magnitude 2.3 quake located 30 km west of Blenheim at a depth of 50 km was felt at Ohiwa.

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

One Response to “Central New Zealand Earthquakes”

  1. Chris says:

    I was woken by the 1:25 am event, seemed quite strong and lulled for about 1 second before intensifying again – though not as bad the second time…

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