Fiordland Earthquake

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the Fiordland region early this morning, Friday the 30th November 2007. The 4:53 a.m. quake was located in a sparsely populated area 50 km north-west of Te Anau, 70 km south-west of Milford Sound at a depth of 120 km.

By 9 a.m. 266 members of the public had reported feeling the quake, which was felt throughout Otago and Southland. Reports of strong shaking at Queenstown and Tuatapere have been filed.

Residents of these regions last felt strong shaking from a series of earthquakes during the latter part of October when a magnitude 6.7 quake and 13 other events struck near Milford. These quakes led to claims approaching NZ$1.8 million on disaster insurer EQC.

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

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