Archive for November, 2006

Earthquake in the Kermadecs

Monday, November 27th, 2006

A moderately strong earthquake struck the southern Kermadec Islands at 6:36 this morning, New Zealand time.

The magnitude 5.3 quake was located 280 km south of L’Esperance Rock at a depth of 109 km.

This follows a magnitude 4.8 event which struck at a depth of 148 km, 20 km WSW of L’Esperance Rock on the morning of Saturday November 25th at 8:16 a.m.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

October 2006 Wetter, Windier

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Tawa’s climate during October 2006 was considerably wetter and windier than the previous three years.


Geological Summary for New Zealand Area, September 2006

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Earthquake activity continued at a low level during September 2006. White Island, Mt. Ngauruhoe, and Mt. Ruapehu remained at Alert Level 1, and Raoul Island was downgraded to Alert Level 0.

Geonet, the USGS (NEIC) and IGNS reported 32 earthquakes in the New Zealand area between the Kermadec Islands in the north, and the Auckland Islands to the south during September 2006. The magnitude distributions were as follows:
M6 to 6.9 (none), M5 to 5.9 (6), M4 to 4.9 (12) M3 to 3.9 (13).
An additional event in the magnitude 2 range was deemed worthy of mention.


A Quacker Week

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

No-one has ever called me Cyclops (at least within my hearing), so I feel confident in saying that Wellington is a cracker place in which to live, knowing how impartial my judgement can be in such matters. Steep house-clad hills snuggled around a stunningly beautiful harbour, a compact city centre, good public transport, a vibrant arts scene, an active social lifestyle of pubs and cafes, a melting pot of people from all over the planet … the list goes on.

We even have nice weather … sometimes.


Deep Earthquakes Under New Zealand

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Today’s deep earthquake in the Marlborough Sounds, which caused many high-rise buildings in central Wellington to sway gently, is the latest in a series of deep earthquakes which have struck New Zealand in the past week.


Great Quake North of Japan

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

A great quake struck north of Japan overnight, New Zealand time. The magnitude 8 earthquake struck at a shallow depth in the Kuril Islands, 1600 km northeast of Tokyo.


Earthquake Activity in Papua New Guinea Continues at a Steady Rate

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Moderate to strong earthquake activity that commenced near New Britain, Papua New Guinea early last week has continued at a steady rate.


Hydro Lake Storage – Cause for Concern

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Hydro Lake Storage during October failed to benefit from hoped-for springtime inflows and ended the month below average for the time of year.


September 2006 Gloomy

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Tawa’s climate during September 2006 was gloomy when compared with the previous three Septembers. Low cloud and fog were recorded on more days, it was generally windier and, whilst temperatures were almost on par, they were recorded over a narrower range.


Island Watch: Earthquakes Near Fiji

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Earthquake activity near Fiji has increased this past week with 9 very deep earthquakes occurring since November 5th, 2006. The latest activity was a pair of magnitude 5 quakes which struck early this afternoon, New Zealand time.


Island Watch: Continued Earthquake Activity in PNG

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Earthquake activity in the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea has continued since Tuesday morning, New Zealand time.


Island Watch: Earthquakes in Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

A series of three moderate to strong earthquakes have struck the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea since Tuesday morning New Zealand time.


Elevated Activity at Mt. Ngauruhoe

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

The elevated seismic activity that commenced at Mt. Ngauruhoe in May has continued with about 20 earthquakes being recorded per day.