Matata Swarm Continues

The earthquake swarm which has been rattling the houses of residents of Matata for over a year continued at a steady rate during January 2008.

After a relatively quiet spell during November, earthquake swarm activity near Matata in the Bay of Plenty increased during December 2007. Of the 13 quakes reported felt, ten were magnitude 3 and two were magnitude 4. The biggest events were magnitude 4.1 quakes on December 14th and 19th.

Activity increased slightly during January 2008, with 17 quakes being reported felt. Thirteen were magnitude 3 and one was magnitude 4. The magnitude 4.3 quake on January 25th was somewhat disconcerting for many locals who felt two earthquakes in short succession, with a magnitude 3.4 quake striking 50 seconds later.

Activity has continued into February with quakes of magnitude 4.1 and 3.2 being felt 6 minutes apart early on the morning of Sunday the 3rd.

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

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