Manawatu Quake

A moderately strong earthquake was felt in the southern North Island this morning.

Thursday 19th November 2009

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck 10 km south of Palmerston North, 120 km north-east of Wellington at 7:04 a.m. The 40 km deep quake was felt widely in the southern part of the North Island, from Taranaki to Wellington.

325 felt reports had been lodged with GeoNet by 7:30 a.m., increasing to 420 just ten minutes later.

Data from GeoNet’s seismograph network shows shaking was strongest near Otaki, Levin and Foxton where it reached MM6 intensity. GeoNet’s website describes MM6 shaking as follows: “Furniture and appliances may move on smooth surfaces, and objects fall from walls and shelves. Glassware and crockery break. Slight non-structural damage to buildings may occur.”

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

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