Offshore Quake Near Foxton

Another deep earthquake struck central New Zealand early this afternoon, the strongest of four which have been felt in the lower North Island and upper South Island this month.

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck at 1:43 p.m. on Saturday August 25th, 2007 (NZST) at a depth of 50 km. The off-shore quake was located in the Tasman Sea 40 km west of Foxton, 40 km north-west of Levin.

Within an hour the Geonet website had received 277 reports from people who had felt the earthquake which was felt strongly at Foxton Beach, Levin, Ohakune, Paekakariki, Palmerston North, Waikanae Beach and Wanganui. Reports have been filed from Nelson in the south, and as far north as New Plymouth and east as far as Dannevirke.

Reports have been filed on various New Zealand forums describing items falling off shelves in Wanganui, but no serious damage has been reported.

On August 16th, two deep quakes were also widely felt in the lower North Island and upper South Island. At 7:56 a.m. a magnitude 4.9 quake struck 40 km north of Nelson at a depth of 150 km. It was followed by a magnitude 4.4 event located 30 km north-east of Picton at a depth of 60 km at 2:53 that afternoon.

A magnitude 3.9 quake struck at a depth of 70 km in the Havelock, Rai Valley area 30 km east of Nelson at 10:27 p.m. on August 11th. This quake was less widely felt in the Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington regions.

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

One Response to “Offshore Quake Near Foxton”

  1. Chris M says:

    This one caused nervous disturbance of beer at Marahau too, but luckily no spillage!

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