Matata Earthquake

Some residents of the Bay of Plenty were jolted from their slumber by a 4th magnitude earthquake just before midnight, last night.

The magnitude 4.0 earthquake was located within 5 km of Matata at a depth of 5 km. The quake, which struck at 11:49 p.m. on Sunday April 22nd 2007, was felt from Auckland to the Waiotahi Valley, east of Taneatua. Members of the public have posted 92 felt reports on the event, with shaking described as “strong” by some people at Kawerau, Manawahe and Matata.

The earthquake is the strongest of 16 events in the swarm of earthquakes near Matata reported by Geonet this month. Geonet reported on 30 Matata swarm events during March.

[Compiled from data provided by the Geonet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST.]

2 Responses to “Matata Earthquake”

  1. Chris says:

    Read about that…figured that one would be widely felt. Also read about an earthquake in Chile measuring 6.1 (from memory)…aparently they’ve been having hundreds of small earthquakes since Jan….new underwater volcano popping up there…

  2. shirl says:

    be interesting to see if we get another big one if theres any chance of a warning that would be good as we have alot elderly to think of dont you think!

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