Wellington Earthquakes

Many Wellington residents were woken by a moderately strong earthquake which struck early this morning.

Friday 28th August 2009

A magnitude 5.2 undersea earthquake struck to the south of Wellington early this morning. The 2:10 a.m. earthquake was located under Cook Strait, 20 km south of Wellington, at a depth of 30 km.

By 8 o’clock this morning, 985 reports had been filed with GeoNet by people who felt the quake. Shaking was felt in both the North and South Islands, from Levin in the north to Takaka and Ward in the south. Minor damage, probably contents damage, has been reported from four Wellington suburbs – Naenae, Berhampore, Seatoun Heights and central Wellington.

An aftershock of magnitude 4.3 struck the same location at 3:52 a.m. This event was slightly deeper at 35 km and was felt over a similar area.

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

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