Fiordland Earthquakes

A burst of earthquake activity has occurred in Fiordland over the last ten days.

Tuesday, 7th June 2016

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck 70 km west of Te Anau at 2:55 this afternoon, New Zealand Standard Time. The quake was 30 km deep according to GeoNet. Earlier today, a magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck the same area at 11 a.m. That quake was 15 km deep.

Two earlier earthquakes have been centred nearby. At 11:16 p.m. on Saturday May 28th a magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck 80 km west of Te Anau at a depth of 10 km. The next day, at 3:03 p.m. a magnitude 4.6 quake struck 65 km west of Te Anau at a depth of 16km.

Residents of Te Anau have felt another nearby quake in the last week. This magnitude 4.6 quake which was recorded at 1:50 p.m. on May 31st was deeper at 98 km, and centred 35 km north-west of Te Anau.

During March and April five earthquakes of magnitude four were recorded within 60 km of Milford Sound.

[Compiled from data provided by GeoNet.]

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