Slightly damaging earthquakes Cook Strait, New Zealand – 2000 Earthquake Commission damage claims !

Last update: July 29, 2013 at 8:10 am by By

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We keep this page for a while for everything associated with the Cook Strait earthquakes as their is a connection in between all and we like to keep everything nicely together. The oldest part is at the bottom of this page.

Update July 29th, 06:59 UTC : Insurances reported that 25 people made claims for (mainly) minor injuries after the quake. This is a much higher number that earlier reported by officials. (4 injuries)
Earthquake Commission (EQC) has received more than 2,000 claims since last Sunday, with 75 percent coming from the North Island and 25 percent from the South Island.


Update July 26 09:59 UTC : The aftershocks are almost all of them residing in the coastal part of the greater Blenheim area. The number is however still high. The strength of the earthquakes is however a lot less than the preceding days with the strongest one so far today a M3.4  and hardly any other earthquakes climbing above 3. The end of the irritating aftershocks ? Let’s hope it.

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Update July 25 09:57 UTC : The epicenter focus from the, although decreasing in number, but still present aftershocks is traveling to and from the land zone. Yesterday, dangerously going below land, today again traveling into the Cook strait. Also important to mention is another M4.3 earthquake with epicenter to the north west of Kaikoura. Please check the daily epicenter overview maps someone beneath the current images.
Below the epicenter images, the seismogram from the Nelson GNS Science seismograph. Not much difference versus yesterday.

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Nelson seismogram – image courtesy and copyright Geonet and GNS Science, New Zealand

Update July 24 08:02 UTC : The Wellington City Council has published a number of pictures on Flickr. Some significant ones can be viewed here, others please check online.
What ER especially likes from the New Zealand way of working is their strategy to have immediate searches, if needed house per house, for structural damage. They are leaders in earthquake response, this together with the Chinese.

City of Wellington management team meeting to organize all necessary tasks

City of Wellington management team meeting to organize all necessary tasks

Wellington City Council personnel assessing damage in the town hall

Wellington City Council personnel assessing damage in the town hall

Wellington City Council worker assessing damage in the city

Wellington City Council worker assessing damage in the city

An example of what we call at earthquake-report.com slight damage

An example of what we call at earthquake-report.com slight damage

Further pictures of slight damage

Further pictures of slight damage

Seddon Experience report : Since 99.98% of the news was about Wellington BUT Seddon was closest to the epicenter, we welcome the following “I Have Felt It” report from somebody from Seddon. This report is about The M6.4 earthquake.

The house was shaking and rocking very strongly.  Not sure how the house is still standing?  We all ran outside and stayed out in the cold for some time, plus power was off.  Returned to house but did not sleep well that night at all. (Sunday night). We are still getting weak and strong quakes – so nerves still on edge.  Just wish it would stop now.

Update 16:40 UTC : We did a little work in combining our own maps from July 19 until July 23. The migration of the epicenters is something scientists should examine. We at ER are as interested as anybody else to get explanations on what exactly is happening in the Cook strait. No conclusions can be pulled out of the images, but facts are facts and a migration is going on.

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Update 15:54 UTC : Even when we should think that everything is back to normal, think something else as the aftershocks are continuing to hit the Cook Strait seabed.  This can go one for quite some time. If you look at ou M+2.5 earthquake page, you will see that the page is still saturated with “Seddon” quakes. Check the upper map to see the many aftershocks only today. The epicenters are gradually landing below land, but luckily in an almost uninhabited area of the South Island. This is more or less good news for Wellington, but bad news for Seddon and Blenheim. We will follow up the aftershocks for some more days and will report on it on this page.

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Update July 23 15:52 UTC :
Stuff.co.nz has an interesting article about the origin of the Wellington quake fault :
A fault line previously believed to be relatively small could be capable of much bigger earthquakes than originally thought.
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research is heading into Cook Strait tomorrow to map the area around the swarm of earthquakes that has been rattling Wellington and Marlborough since Friday.
It is hoped the work will identify the fault line from which the quakes have been generated.
GNS Science seismologist John Ristau said that, because the quakes appeared to be happening between the known Vernon and Needles fault lines, it seemed increasingly likely that the London Hill fault was to blame.
In 2003 a Marlborough District Council geotech report described London Hill as a one of “several relatively small faults near the east coast between Seddon and the Waima River”.
Read the full article here


Update 15:30 UTC : One of the main reasons we are currently updating this article less frequent is our reporting on the deadly Gansu, China quake where at the moment of this update at least 89 people have been killed. They were less lucky than the people within the damage radius of this earthquake.

Update 15:24 UTC on July 22 :
The map below shows the seismic activity during the last 24 hours. The last strong red one is the M5.0 at approx. the same location and depth than the M6.4 (20 km from Seddon)

Image courtesy and copyright GNS Science and Geonet

Image courtesy and copyright GNS Science and Geonet

Update 22:50 UTC : Passengers on the Cook Strait ferry, which was crossing a point near the quake epicentre when it struck yesterday, were alarmed by the shaking felt on the ship. A passenger said that he felt a noticeable vibration. The Captain said that he thought that he had hit something.  Everyone went quiet, then the captain came on the public announcement system and suggested it was a quake, which he confirmed a few minutes later.

Update 18:53 UTC :
Wellington morning update :
-  Council inspectors will be doing a quick visual external inspection through the CBD. If you suspect your building has suffered damage, the building owner should contact an engineer to have it inspected before anyone operates out of the building.
- Thankfully, there have been only a few minor injuries
- Both Massey and Victoria universities are closed for the day
- This is an excellent time to ensure your household and workplace are prepared for an emergency. Check out our “It’s Easy to get prepared for an emergency” guide to walk you through 12 Easy steps. We can expect more aftershocks.
- Strongly advise people not to come into the CBD until mid-day, the rest of Wellington City is largely operating normally. The other cities in the region appear to also be operating normally.
- Expect disruption to some services, which are limited or unavailable (due to many staff not coming in)

Update 13:56 UTC : Wellington Region Emergency Management  last message (message 4) on the 21th (next one will be normally on the 22th before 08:00 AM local time (evening UTC) :
General damage:
* There are reports of buildings with structural damage. If you see structural damage in your building, we recommend having the building inspected by an engineer engaged by the building’s owner before it is occupied for normal business. If you are concerned about the safety of your building you should contact their building owner for an update on the status of their building.
* The following buildings have been evacuated: Hotel Willis; Capital Accommodation on the corner of Willis and Webb Streets; WCC Municipal Buildings on Wakefield Street, Town Hall, Library and Citizens Advice Bureau; 20 Brandon.
* The Mecure Hotel has been reopened and surrounding road closures will be lifted shortly.
All residents have been relocated to temporary accommodation. No temporary accommodation is needed at this time.
We strongly advise not coming into the CBD 5Central Business District) till noon tomorrow to give time for buildings to be assessed.
Roads:
Road closures are in place on parts of Bolton St, Wakefield St, and Featherston St. Cleaning crews are being deployed to clean up debris.
We advise people to avoid the CBD unless necessary and to stay off the streets.
Travellers should expect significant delays tomorrow.
Trains:
No trains are running tonight and all peak train services tomorrow morning are cancelled. There are no bus replacements. Check Metlink for further details on www.metlink.org.nz.
Buses:
Expect delays for buses. Check Metlink for further details on www.metlink.org.nz.
Airport:
Wellington Airport is open but there is some disruption and they advise travellers to contact their airline to confirm flight status.

Update 13:54 UTC : It looks to be relatively calm again. Still some moederate aftershocks but far less than in the period after the M6.4 quake.

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Update 12:44 UTC : We may conclude so far : a scary earthquake with the potential of a second Christchurch if the epicenter would have been located below Wellington, Blenheim or another populated area. Something we experience all the time at ER is that the major cities get all the attention. Smaller cities and villages are only uninteresting footnotes. Many people from Seddon and Blenheim were really irritated that nobody (mainly of the press) had any attention for them. Something regrettable indeed which we see over and over again in every corner of the world.
Warning : the faulting map below shows many many faults in the greater epicenter area. The preceding days have proven that the whole area is really instable. The near future is simply very unsure. This is clearly an atypical earthquake with each time another stronger earthquake hitting. As NOBODY IN THE WORLD can predict what will happen next, people should simply BE PREPARED (see link below).
Being prepared =
a) know what to do when the shaking starts (in every shaking video after an earthquake we see that people are doing the wrong things)
b) Run only out of the building when the shaking stops
c) get away from the outer walls and move (if possible) to the middle of the streets, parks etc (one small piece of stone on your head and you will figure in the fatalities statistics of earthquakes)
d) fix whatever strong object in your house (remember the baby who got killed in Christchurch when a TV set did fall on the poor baby).
e) in case of strong/severe shaking GET AWAY from beaches and run for your life to higher ground. 30 meter higher is considered as safe. In wellington this might not be a problem.
f) try to follow up GEONET instructions if you have still connectivity
g) Use ONLY text messages or the internet to message friends and family members (Voice calls use much more bandwidth and are the main reasons that mobile communications are going down)
h) make ure that you have a flashlight at hand as power can go down for many hours.

Update 09:21 UTC : The aftershocks are luckily less frequent than right after the M6.4 earthquake.  Lets hope that people in the greater epicenter area can have some hours of sleep and that no new major earthquake will strike.

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Sara from Geonet has made a welcome attempt to explain to the public on what is going on (this report came before the M6.5 and after the M5.9).

A weekend of Earthquakes – what is going on???
I spoke with this weeks (lucky) duty officer Anna Kaiser who said :
At this stage we might call it an earthquake “doublet” with two quite closely spaced similar sized events in very similar locations. And there have been several aftershocks over M4 following this mornings earthquake  (where there was only one following Fridays).
Historically there have been several quakes over M5 in the general Cook Straight region in the last decade, and there was also an earthquake swarm in 2005. Back in 1977 there was an M6 in a similar location and depth.

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The pic above shows a live shot of aftershocks being recorded by our instruments spread out over NZ.

Update 08:50 UTC : The video below shows it all. This kind of damage can be seen within an area of 30 to 40 km around the epicenter (broken glass, products fallen from shelves, cracks in walls, broken water pipes, etc etc . The video has been uploaded by geoffmackley, a prime volcano and earthquake follower and to be trusted fully for his reports.
People can also be seen on this video at the wrong place in the street. Instead of staying in the middle of the streets (the safest place), most of them are staying close to the walls of the buildings, the most dangerous place if a strong earthquake or aftershock starts.

Update 08:42 UTC : Another Twitter account reports : Just confirmed with Civil Defence that no houses are down in Seddon, power restored to 80% of the town too, no road closures

Update 08:32 UTC : The last aftershock from only 5 minutes ago measured M5.1 !

Update 08:32 UTC : Via Twitter : damage at Seddon, nearest to the epicenter of the quake. Houses wrecked, power out. People gathering at community center.

Update 08:28 UTC : Kapiti coast : Officials had confirmed one person was taken to Wellington Hospital with minor to moderate injuries. SH1 was reduced to one lane southbound while emergency services attended, causing minor delays.
Kapiti fire services responded to a rash of callouts, mainly to minor damage such as water pipes bursting.

Update 08:19 UTC : The following video shows in the latest part the shaking in the TV studios in Wellington :
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/8945730/Earthquake-felt-in-Waikato

Update 07:31 UTC : Political Editor Corin Dann says there has been some damage inside Parliament with cracking on the walls and plaster falling off. Containers have been pushed off the wharf and some buildings in Wellington’s CBD have been evacuated

Update 07:27 UTC : A narrow escape so far only involving slight damage but it probably does shift stress in the Wellington region so who knows if it increases or decreases the risk of a large wellington event. So please

BE PREPARED FOR A MORE DANGEROUS ONE !

Update 07:24 UTC : James Daniel, our earthquake damage expert estimates that Economic losses will probably be in the order of $20 million. Mainly extensive minor damage thus insurance claims mostly expected through EQC. Through EQC, residents can make claims as to damage that has occurred.

After seeing some bad quality videos shot during the earthquake we have to WARN people TO GET AWAY ASAP FROM THE FOOTPATH and head for the MIDDLE OF THE STREET. Falling debris may kill you instantly if a powerful aftershock strikes. (this warning because nobody seems to have to right preparedness)

Update 07:04 UTC : Civil Defence is warning people to stay out of Wellington CBD (Central Business District) because of risk of falling debris

image courtesy @yorrike

image courtesy @yorrike

Twitter image

Twitter image

 

Update 07:01 UTC : Aftershocks : 2 above M5 and 6 above M4. People in both North and South Island will go into a very unsure night. Nobody knows what will bring the nightly hours. The aftershocks seem to weaken a little bit the last couple of hours (based on the Nelson and Wellington seismographs.

Screen Shot 2013-07-21 at 08.55.09Update 06:57 UTC : Geonet has a very difficult task to streamline the incoming reports. Below is what people have told them about the M6.5 quake, but people are also using other earthquake profiles of aftershocks.

Update 06:51 UTC : People on the South Island are a little irritated that all the focus goes to Wellington and that nobody seems to care about the cities in the South Island who are even closer to the epicenter than Wellington.

Update 06:43 UTC :
Blenheim : “Seymour Square memorial clock in central Blenheim stopped at the time of the quake.” That’s creepy – someone reports on Twitter
Stuff.co.nz reports : Seddon is without power and there are reports of lines down in Blenheim, Ward, Tua Marina, and Awatere Valley

Update 06:41 UTC : A spokesman from police said while there were lots of reports of broken windows and power lines down, there were no reports of deaths or major property damage (ER:so far).
The Pacific Tsunami Center in Hawaii said the quake did not generate a tsunami.

Update 06:31 UTC : The image below shows the very complex faults in this area which explains in part why so many quakes are occurring at the moment. The influence of movement in one fault generates a different stress in another etc. Aftershocks lay go on for a long time. Image courtesy @cppgeophysics

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Update 06:26 UTC : The main focus is currently on Wellington but we expect also some damage (hopefully only minor) in locations closest to the epicenter. Luckily the closest areas are merely wilderness sparsely populated areas. The epicenter is right in the middle from the subduction slope.

Update 06:21 UTC : NO injuries reported yet but is is far too early to be sure about this. The first pictures of damage are coming in. Supermarkets see a lot of products fallen off the shelves.
- Power was down in Wellington for some time

Update 06:13 UTC : One of the main dangers for this earthquake are landslides, mainly in the Wellington area.  As people are reporting 30 seconds of shaking, the risk is even bigger than before. The longer shaking lasts, the more chance on damage and landslides.

Damage on a road in Wellington - image courtesy and copyright RT Russia

Damage on a road in Wellington – image courtesy and copyright RT Russia

Update 05:57 UTC : @CPPGeophysics says based on the map below : Early moment tensors suggest mostly strike-slip mechanism, shallow, and Mw6.6 for NZ quake

Image courtesy EMSC

Image courtesy EMSC

Update 05:54 UTC : A reader from Porirua wrote : his was the strongest earthquake so far, for the first time we saw damage to household items crockery etc
The shake was longer and stronger. There was complete calm before the earthquake thus highlighting its severity. So now we are picking up the damaged items fortunately no too bad

Update 05:46 UTC : With M6+ we are arriving in a possible Tsunami generating zone. Not only because of the Magnitude but also the probable Thrust mechanisms.

Update 05:44 UTC : Based on last set of earthquakes in the same area, @CPPGeophysics would expect NZ M6.9 (Geonet M6.4) to be shallow thrust event as the mechanism was for the for the earlier M5.9

Update 05:44 UTC : People in the area should be prepared for the worst and at least fix all heavy pieces in the house. If unsure about the earthquake resistance of the houses they live in, a temporary move to friends or family outside the quake area would be a wise decision.

Update 05:39 UTC : It looks more like a bombardment in the Cook Strait at the moment. Continuous earthquakes often near or even over M5. This area has been calm for quiet some time, but now the stress is being released in a massive way. All the earthquakes so far can be called Foreshocks and as said yesterday, we do not know how strong it will get and how long it will last.

Update 05:32 UTC : The strongest earthquake so far being reported by GNS Science is a M6.5 at 20 km from Seddon. depth 17 km.

Update 05:32 UTC : The seismogram below shows one sequence of heavy shaking and it isn’t over yet.

Update 05:31 UTC : Damage cannot be excluded on the North side of the South Island as the epicenter is closest to that area. The Wellington, Lower and Upper Hutt areas have less shaking but damage may neither be excluded there.

This very strong series are still striking the subduction area of the Cook Strait. The earthquakes are striking close to the coast and eventual local tsunamis cannot be excluded mainly because the reported depths and Magnitudes are preliminary.

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76km (47mi) S of Brooklyn, New Zealand
79km (49mi) S of Wellington, New Zealand
80km (50mi) S of Karori, New Zealand
87km (54mi) S of Lower Hutt, New Zealand
95km (59mi) SE of Blenheim, New Zealand

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-07-21 05:09:31

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 2 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the corresponding earthquake. Your earthquake experience is not only important for science, but also for people in the area as well as our global readership.

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GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:57 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:55 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Wellington Jul 21 23:48 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:40 3.1 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:35 4.7 14 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:32 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:29 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:26 2.1 8 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:22 2.9 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:21 2.0 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:18 2.9 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:15 2.5 54 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:11 2.8 7 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:09 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:08 2.5 15 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:06 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:04 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 23:01 3.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:57 3.9 15 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:52 2.8 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:51 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Blenheim Jul 21 22:50 3.6 7 MAP I Felt It
USGS Cook Strait, New Zealand Jul 21 22:47 4.6 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Cook Strait, New Zealand Jul 21 22:47 4.6 4 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:47 5.2 17 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:44 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:40 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:39 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Picton Jul 21 22:37 1.8 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Blenheim Jul 21 22:35 1.8 42 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:31 3.9 16 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:28 2.8 16 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:25 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:25 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:22 2.0 77 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:19 2.5 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:17 2.6 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:16 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:14 2.9 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:13 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:11 1.9 20 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:07 3.6 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Blenheim Jul 21 22:03 2.2 64 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 22:00 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:58 1.9 68 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:56 2.0 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:52 3.4 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:50 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:46 2.4 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:45 2.4 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:41 3.1 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:37 2.1 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:35 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:28 3.1 16 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Blenheim Jul 21 21:26 1.7 65 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Kaikoura Jul 21 21:19 2.4 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:14 3.2 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Wellington Jul 21 21:11 2.3 18 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:09 3.1 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:04 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Blenheim Jul 21 21:03 2.0 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 21:00 2.4 9 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:59 2.6 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:51 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:48 2.4 7 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:45 3.2 16 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:42 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:41 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:37 2.6 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:32 2.7 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:28 2.4 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:27 2.4 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:24 2.8 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:21 2.4 21 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:19 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:15 3.7 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:08 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:04 2.8 12 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 20:01 2.9 8 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Blenheim Jul 21 20:00 1.9 33 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:56 2.2 9 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:53 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:51 2.1 7 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:49 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:47 2.1 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:45 1.8 14 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:42 2.3 9 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:33 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:29 3.5 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:26 3.2 14 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:24 2.7 207 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:22 3.3 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:20 3.4 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Blenheim Jul 21 19:17 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:15 2.5 9 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:13 2.8 12 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:09 2.1 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Wellington Jul 21 19:07 3.4 271 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 19:02 3.2 14 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:58 3.4 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:57 2.8 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:53 2.0 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:46 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:44 2.2 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:42 2.6 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:40 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:38 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:36 2.4 8 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:32 3.9 16 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:29 2.8 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:28 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Picton Jul 21 18:24 2.6 66 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:18 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:17 2.5 0 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:09 4.1 12 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:08 2.4 15 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:04 3.9 12 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 18:00 3.1 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Wellington Jul 21 17:55 2.5 51 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:54 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:52 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:49 2.2 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:47 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:45 2.4 17 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:43 2.2 15 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:40 2.4 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:34 2.1 34 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:33 2.0 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Wellington Jul 21 17:30 1.8 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:28 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:26 1.9 7 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:23 3.3 8 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:18 3.2 8 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:14 2.1 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:11 2.8 9 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:09 2.0 36 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:05 2.6 8 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:04 2.3 8 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:01 2.2 20 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 17:00 2.2 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 16:58 2.3 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Wellington Jul 21 16:54 3.1 8 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 16:52 2.1 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 16:48 2.3 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Wellington Jul 21 16:44 2.3 154 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 16:41 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Seddon Jul 21 16:38 3.0 8 MAP I Felt It
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MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
People :
Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
People :
Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
People :
Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
Fittings :
Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
Structures :
Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
People :
Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
Fittings :
Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
Structures :
Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
Fittings :
Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
Structures :
Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
Environment :
Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
People
General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
Fittings :
Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
Structures :
Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
Environment :
Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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