Offshore Quake Near Gisborne

A moderately strong earthquake struck off shore near Gisborne just before midnight last night.

Wednesday 10th February 2010

A magnitude 5.1 undersea earthquake struck 180 km east of Gisborne at 11:22 p.m. last night. The quake, which was 10 km deep, caused shaking in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay according to GeoNet’s instruments but has not been reported on their website.

At eleven minutes after midnight a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck 50 km north of Hanmer Springs (30 km south of St. Arnaud). This quake was much deeper at 110 km, and was felt at several locations in the Nelson, Marlborough and North Canterbury districts.

[Compiled from data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, Geoscience Australia, and the GeoNet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST.]

One Response to “Offshore Quake Near Gisborne”

  1. Lizzie of Gizzie says:

    I think I felt that was quite long but just gentle rocking, I thought it was the wind but couldn’t hear the trees rustling outside my window. The house creaked a bit. So now I know why!

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