Southern Ocean Earthquakes

Data on the two earthquakes in the Southern Ocean last night New Zealand time are as follows:

Sunday 30th September 2007, 6:24 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Time
Magnitude 7.3
11 km deep
Location: 200 km north-west of Auckland Islands, 475 km south-west of Invercargill

Sunday 30th September 2007, 10:48 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Time
magnitude 6.6
10 km deep
Location: 240 km west-north-west of Auckland Islands, 505 km south-west of Invercargill.

The events were another close call for New Zealand, and the shambolic response by GNS Science, NIWA and the Ministry of Civil Defence should make us grateful that they weren’t closer.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

One Response to “Southern Ocean Earthquakes”

  1. Darren McManaway says:

    “The events were another close call for New Zealand, and the shambolic response by GNS Science, NIWA and the Ministry of Civil Defence should make us grateful that they weren’t closer.” – I couldn’t agree more.

    Last nights events were handled very poorly by everyone from GNS, NIWA, the Ministry of Civil Defence and the media. I was amazed that a press release was made only after the expected ETA of any wave in southland.

    I think those living in the deep south at sea level were the ginnie pigs last night.

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