Fiordland Earthquakes Continue

Earthquake activity off the coast of Fiordland continued at a lower rate overnight. Milford Sound remains isolated by road. Insurance claims climb to $170,000.

Earthquake activity off the coast of Fiordland continued at a lower rate overnight, with seismographs showing more than 10 quakes in the twelve hours to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Three of the events have been reported by GeoNet; a magnitude 5.1 quake at 3:34 this morning, a magnitude 5.6 event at 5:38 a.m. and a magnitude 4.4 quake at 6:50 a.m. All three quakes were located 40-50 km west of Milford Sound at depths between 5 and 7 km.

The magnitude 5.6 quake is the fourth largest earthquake in the series, and has attracted 79 reports from the public from as far away as Mt. Aspiring, Wanaka, Dunedin, Tokanui and Riverton.

Milford Sound remains isolated by road following a landslide brought down by the magnitude 6.2 earthquake on Tuesday morning. The road was temporarily re-opened yesterday afternoon to allow tourists to leave the area through an improvised clearance. Transit New Zealand advise that State Highway 94 remains closed due to the slip on the Milford side of the Lower Hollyford Turnoff, and is unlikely to re-open before Friday October 19th.

Disaster insurer The Earthquake Commission reports 34 claims totalling $171,187 have been lodged following the earthquakes. Fifteen have been lodged from Invercargill, accounting for $96,750 in claims, six from Southland and thirteen from other areas.

[Compiled from data provided by the Geonet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST; data from EQC and Transit website media releases.]

One Response to “Fiordland Earthquakes Continue”

  1. Darren McManaway says:

    Taking recent events into account – I think it could be about time to place ones neck on the chopping board and warn of the high possibility of a large event around the top of the South Island at some point in the very near future.

    I’ve been saying that since the Auckland Island events – the Milford Sound events added more weight to these thoughts and now I see there has just been an event near Reefton, the very area I think most at risk.

    5.1Mb / 9km deep, 20 km east of Reefton – 2:12pm today.
    A foreshock?

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