Archive for January, 2007

Strong Earthquake in the Kermadecs

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

A strong earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands this afternoon.

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake, which struck at 4:16 p.m. on Wednesday January 31st 2007 NZDT, was located 40 km south of Raoul Island at a depth of 54 km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, which estimated the quake at magnitude 6.6, issued a bulletin at 4:33 p.m. NZDT stating that a tsunami was NOT expected from the event.

[Compiled from data provided by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.]

Island Watch: Quakes Near Vanuatu and Tonga

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Moderate earthquakes have struck near Vanuatu and Tonga in the past 24 hours.


Matata Earthquake Swarm

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Residents of Matata, a town on the coast of the Bay of Plenty, are experiencing yet another earthquake swarm. Four shallow quakes have struck the area so far this month.


East Cape Earthquakes Continue

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Earthquake activity east of Ruatoria and Tikitiki, north of Gisborne, has continued with another two earthquakes in quick succession this morning.

Geonet describes the earthquakes, which occurred 33 seconds apart at 11:13 a.m. as having similar magnitudes. Only the second event has been entered into the databases at the time of writing, it was magnitude 4.1, 12 km deep and located 30 km east of both Ruatoria and Tikitiki.

One report of the earthquake has been received from Rotorua, where it was felt lightly.

Major Earthquake, Molucca Sea

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

A major earthquake struck in the Molucca Sea off Sulawesi (Celebes), Indonesia just after midnight, Sunday, New Zealand Daylight Time.


East Cape Earthquakes

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

A pair of 4th magnitude shallow earthquakes struck near East Cape, north of Gisborne, within two minutes of each other yesterday.


White Island Crater Camera Back Online

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

The camera which takes regular images of the crater at White Island volcano has been replaced, and Dino is once again able to welcome Internet visitors to his island home.


Largest Onshore Quake Since November

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Yesterday’s magnitude 5.3 earthquake near Taihape was New Zealand’s largest onshore earthquake since November.


Not For the Faint-hearted

Friday, January 19th, 2007

I’ve often said that New Zealand is a wild place where earthquakes, eruptions and weather make life “interesting.”

Windy Welly is renowned for its occasional bursts of wild weather, and often it’s the southerly storm which can really stir things up.


Confusion over Massive Landslide in Southern Alps

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Confusion surrounds the large landslip at Passchendaele Peak in Mt Aspiring National Park.


Great Earthquake in Kuril Islands

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

A great (over magnitude eight) earthquake struck at a shallow depth to the east of the Kuril Islands, north of Japan, this afternoon.


Earthquakes Near White Island

Friday, January 12th, 2007

A shallow magnitude 4.0 earthquake, which struck 10 km east of White Island at 9 o’clock this morning was felt 40 km away at Te Kaha. It was followed by a magnitude 3.6 event nearby 11 minutes later. Both quakes were less than 10 km deep.

White Island Crater Camera

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Work is underway to replace the crater floor camera at White Island following its failure at the end of October.


Hydro Lake Storage Maintained

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Hydro-electric storage lake levels were consistently above average during December 2006, but declined against the seasonal average.


Strong Earthquake Near Fiji

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

A strong, deep earthquake struck to the east of Suva, Fiji just before 10 o’clock this morning.