Earthquake felt by many

A map showing recent earthquakes detected by GeoNet in the Bay of Plenty region. Image: GeoNet.

There have been four earthquakes in New Zealand over the weekend with magnitudes in excess of 4.0 – nearly a year after a 7.8 earthquake hit Kaikoura.

GeoNet reports a ‘light' earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck at a depth of 9km, 40km north-west of Te Kaha, at 8.20am on Saturday.

A stronger magnitude 4.8 earthquake also stuck near Wellington at 11.28pm on Sunday night, at a depth of 45km, 30km west of the capital.

It was widely felt, with more than 11,200 ‘felt it' reports made to GeoNet within 20 minutes. 

Many on social media say the quake felt bigger than it was, noting the eerie timing, just two days before the first anniversary of the destructive November 14 Kaikoura earthquake, which also rattled Wellington.

-       Additional reporting by Stuff


i lived in the BOP

Posted on 13-11-2017 12:46 | By Capt_Kaveman

Most of my life and felt plenty of earthquakes, a message to all just be aware

Wellington earthquake

Posted on 13-11-2017 09:27 | By Christine1965

Being from the BOP I am not used to earthquakes. I am at the moment staying with my sister at Blenheim. Last night was almost asleep when the bed shook and my first thought was a cat had jumped on the bed. Next moment I was wide awake as my sister doesn't have a cat, and I realised it was an earthquake.

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