Quake Claims Already Top $500,000

Within a day of the magnitude 5.9 earthquake near Hastings, damage claims have passed half a million dollars in value.

Disaster insurer EQC reports that 416 claims for earthquake damage had been received by 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday the 26th of August 2008, less than 24 hours after the earthquake. Most claims have come from the Hastings area where 206 claims total $280,200.

Claims from the Napier area total 47, being $240,375 in value. A further 163 claims from other areas total $28,500 bringing the claims total to $549,075.

Aftershocks following the main quake which struck at 11:25 p.m. on Monday night, August 25th, have rapidly abated. Seismic drums indicate that there may have been small quakes in the area at 7:53 last night, and 3:01 and 6:23 this morning, but data for these events is not yet available in the GeoNet database.

In a report issued yesterday, GeoNet stated, “Only a weak aftershock sequence is expected for this type of earthquake, not lasting for too many days and with few large aftershocks.”

The report noted that household contents had taken a battering, with items being thrown from shelves and furniture being displaced. Chimneys have been damaged and windows broken, with cracked walls being reported in Napier and Hastings.

Since 1980, two other earthquakes have caused similar levels of damage in Hawke’s Bay. They were a magnitude 5.6 quake which struck early on the morning of Monday October 6th 1980, and the magnitude 6.4 quake of Sunday May 13th 1990. The 1990 quake is known as Weber II, being the second of four large quakes which shook the area near the settlement of Weber, east of Woodville, between 1990 and 1992.

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

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