Manawatu Aftershock

An aftershock of this morning’s earthquake near Palmerston North was felt just after 8 o’clock 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 this morning. The 40 km-deep quake was widely felt in the southern part of the North Island attracting more than 700 reports from the public by 8:30 a.m.

An aftershock of magnitude 4.3 struck the same location at 8:05 a.m. This event was felt from Wanganui to Wellington and in the Manawatu and Wairarapa regions.

The earthquakes were preceded by a quake located near Jackson Bay, Fiordland or Lake Benmore in South Canterbury at 5:40 a.m. Information for this event is not yet available in GeoNet’s database.

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

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