Another Bay of Plenty Quake

Another undersea earthquake occurred in the Bay of Plenty overnight.

Sunday 9th May 2010

A shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck 100 km north of White Island (210 km east of Auckland) at 2:14 this morning. The quake which was also 140 km north-east of Tauranga was 5 km deep. The event was felt in coastal areas of the Bay of Plenty, along the Coromandel Peninsula and widely in Auckland. Shaking was reported as “strong” at Whenuakite and Coroglen on the Coromandel Peninsula and at Tryphena on Great Barrier Island.

On Friday morning a burst of earthquake activity occurred in the same location just after midnight. The five earthquakes had magnitudes between 3.7 and 4.3 and all were 5 km deep. At 12:14 a magnitude 4.1 quake struck, followed by a magnitude 4.3 event six minutes later. A magnitude 3.8 quake occurred at 12:24 then a magnitude 4.2 event struck at 12:26. After twelve minutes the final quake of magnitude 3.7 was recorded at 12:38.

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

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