Moderate Quake, Nelson

A moderately strong earthquake struck the Nelson region last night.

Friday 4th September, 2020

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck 10 km west of St Arnaud at 10:13 p.m. last night. The quake was centred east of Murchison at a depth of 62 km. The earthquake was widely felt, with members of the public reporting shaking from Northland to Otago. Most of the more than 25,000 felt reports were filed from the South Island north of Canterbury and from the western side of the North Island from Wellington to Taranaki.

GeoNet Seismograph Network

The earthquake left a distinct trace on New Zealand’s seismograph network.

Another earthquake struck the Nelson region on Monday 31st August at 6:53 a.m. This magnitude 4.0 quake was centred 30 km south of Nelson (near Wakefield), to the north of last night’s event. This quake was deeper, at 83 km, and the Wellington Quake Live website reports that it was centred 3 km south of Wai-iti in the Tasman District.

[Compiled from data supplied by GeoNet and Wellington Quake Live.]

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