Hastings Earthquake

A shallow earthquake was widely felt in Hawke’s Bay just before 7 o’clock this morning.

The magnitude 4.7 earthquake, which struck at 6:47 a.m. on Saturday the 25th of October 2008, was located 10 km west of Hastings at a depth of 30 km. The quake was widely felt in the Hawke’s Bay area, attracting 214 reports by 11 a.m. from members of the public who had felt the shaking.

The Hastings area has been quiet since the shallow magnitude 5.9 quake of the 25th of August. This quake, located 10 km south-west of Hastings, caused damage to contents and some man-made structures in Hawke’s Bay leading to 1300 claims totalling $3.6 million with disaster insurer, EQC.

A cluster of five earthquakes which struck an area up to 40 km from Hastings during July included a quake of magnitude 4.3. These quakes were also shallow, ranging between 30 and 40 km in depth.

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

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