Earthquakes Near Dusky Sound

A moderately strong earthquake was felt in the southern part of the South Island just after midday today, the fourth substantial earth tremor to have been felt in the area since the beginning of June.

The magnitude 5.9 earthquake was located 80 km south-west of Te Anau at a depth of 100 km. The quake, which struck at 12:08 p.m. on Saturday the 12th of July 2008, was located on-shore beneath Dusky Sound in Fiordland National Park.

The tremor was felt in Fiordland, Southland, Otago, Canterbury and Westland. Within an hour of the quake, GeoNet had received 239 reports about the event. The deep nature of the quake allowed it to be felt over a larger area but limited its intensity near the epicentre.

On Wednesday evening a much shallower magnitude 4.0 quake was reported felt in Dunedin. The 10 km-deep quake was located 80 km west of Te Anau, just north of Dusky Sound.

On the afternoon of Monday June 23rd, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck 130 km south-west of Te Anau at a depth of 5 km. This quake was located off-shore to the south of the entrance to Dusky Sound. The quake was felt in Fiordland and Southland.

On the 1st of June a 20 km-deep magnitude 4.6 earthquake was felt in Southland. This quake was located beneath the western shore of Te Waewae Bay, 30 km west of Tuatapere

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

One Response to “Earthquakes Near Dusky Sound”

  1. Dorothy says:

    Thank you Ken for, once again, providing important and valuable information.

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