A moderately strong, deep earthquake struck near Rotorua this afternoon.
The magnitude 5.1 quake struck at 1:59 p.m. on Wednesday 13th June 2007 at a depth of 160 km, 10 km south-east of Rotorua. The great depth of the quake meant it was felt weakly in Wellington, Gracefield and Palmerston North, but a little more strongly at Opotiki.
Two similarly deep quakes struck nearby yesterday. The first was a magnitude 4.4 event which struck at 7:49 last night, located off-shore in the Bay of Plenty at a depth of 159 km. It was followed at 10:44 p.m. by a magnitude 3.8 quake at a depth of 157 km near Mangakino.
[Compiled from data provided by the Geonet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST.]