Earthquake, Stephens Island

A moderately strong, deep earthquake struck near Stephens Island this morning.

Saturday, 10th September 2016

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck 50 km north of French Pass at 10:03 this morning. GeoNet advises that the quake was 80 km deep.

Wellington Quake Live describes the epicentre as 20 km north-north-west of Stephens Island (Takapourewa), 113 km from central Wellington.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake as magnitude 4.7, in the water 90 km south-west of Patea at a depth of 95 km.

GeoNet Seismograph Network 10 September 2016

GeoNet Seismograph Network 10 September 2016

[click for larger image] The quake left a strong trace on GeoNet’s seismograph network. The earthquake report on GeoNet’s website shows that the quake was felt from Auckland to Banks Peninsula.

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