Earthquake below the North Island, New Zealand (Palmerston North area) – 893 damage claims so far

Last update: January 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm by By

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This is what a reader from Palmerston North wrote us earlier today :

Violent shaking. CDs, glasses, books thrown from shelves and cupboards, glass smashed. Pictures off walls. Cracks in wooden exterior walls. Damage to fuse box and water cylinders. Chimney flue moved slightly. Cracks in ground. We live on Pahiatua Track, 1.6km from Turnoff at Palmerston North end of track.

Update January 22, 09:46 UTC : the world doesn’t talk about this earthquake anymore but the people living in the greater epiecenter area are still experiencing a lot of aftershocks (strongest one today January 22 UTC : M3.8)
893 damage claims have been forwarded to the EQC (New Zealand EarthQuake Commission) so far :
Carterton District – 16 claims.
Horowhenua District – 60 claims.
Kapiti Coast District – 46 claims.
Manawatu District – 95 claims.
Masterton District – 112 claims.
Palmerston North City – 268 claims.
Tararua District – 184 claims.
Wellington City – 27 claims.
Other TLAs – 85 claims.

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Update 20:04 UTC : Most recent seismogram showing the mainshock and the many aftershocks (station Mangatainoka River)

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Update 19:28 UTC : As usual the world media has only one topic about today’s earthquake : The crash of the Hobbit eagle sculpture in Wellington + no reports of damage or injuries! The latter is right but minor damage has been reported from many locations in the greater epicenter area. The shaking showed in the Dog Race video below shows that there was strong shaking involved.  We like the reports from the New Zealand press, but reports of the world press show once again simplicity and lack of knowledge. Specialized journalists for disaster subjects are highly needed.
* The quake caused power cuts to 5600 customers on its electricity network, affecting customers in and around Eketahuna, Alfredton, Palmerston North, Feilding and as far north as Manaia in Taranaki. About 1600 were still without power by 7pm, and Powerco operations manager Phil Marsh says the majority of customers should have power back this evening. Some cellphone coverage has also been affected.
* TranzMetro did suspend all services in the capital so that tracks, bridges and tunnels could be inspected. All services were replaced with buses
* 3 people in Palmerston North have been taken to hospital after chemicals were knocked from shelves
Source : 3news.co.nz
Geonet reports a little earlier :
The quake was felt strongly in both islands,  and as of 8:30 pm we had received over 8000 felt reports from the public, with multiple reports of damage.
Current depth and location estimates of this event place it below the interface between the subducting Pacific plate and overriding Australian plate. Maximum peak ground acceleration recorded by GeoNet instruments is about one quarter of the acceleration due to gravity (0.26 g). This measurement was recorded in Woodville. Relatively strong shaking was also recorded on the Kapiti Coast (e.g. up to 0.2 g in Paraparaumu) whereas accelerations recorded in Wellington city were less than 0.05 g. In comparison, ground motions recorded in Wellington during the recent Cook Strait earthquakes ranged up to 0.26g.
We have calculated aftershock probabilities. In the first week of the aftershock sequence, we estimate that there will be about 23 aftershocks of magnitude 4.0 to 4.9, with the final number probably falling between 14 and 33.  We also estimate about 2 aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 to 5.9 with the final number probably between 0 and 5. Although for this type of event we are expecting an under-productive aftershock sequence, so we should have less events and they should taper off quickly.
As with any aftershock sequence, we cannot rule out the possibility of occurrence of future larger earthquakes. The after shock region considered includes most of the lower North Island.
GNS Science and GeoNet are also planning to deploy more seismometers to the region to supplement the permanent GeoNet network. The seismology team at GNS Science is also attempting to understand the earthquakes in the context of recent and ongoing seismicity. Specifically, efforts are aimed at comparing the current earthquakes with a sequence of events that occurred to the north of Eketahuna in the early 1990s. We are also considering possible links to the ongoing Kapiti slow slip event.
The likelihood of a larger triggered event in the coming weeks is minor. However, it is possible and we should all take this opportunity to review our earthquake emergency plans.
ER comment : Projecting quantities and strength of the aftershocks is one of the strongest reports we have seen so far in seismology worldwide. As everybody should know, earthquakes can not be predicted in strength and in time, but historic events are giving leads of earthquake/aftershock patterns.

Image and text courtesy and copyright Geonet New Zealand

Image and text courtesy and copyright Geonet New Zealand

Update 04:29 UTC : Plate Tectonics at the North Island
Along the east side of New Zealand’s North Island the oceanic Pacific tectonic plate subducts westward at 4-5 cm/yr
More than a dozen slow slip events (also known as “silent” earthquakes) have been recorded in New Zealand between 2002 and 2012. Scientists have only been able to detect them recently due to the advent of global positioning system (GPS) equipment which can detect sub-centimetre changes in land movements. As part of the GeoNet project in New Zealand, continuously operating GPS have been installed throughout the country. The GeoNet cGPS data show that these silent earthquakes occurring deep under New Zealand are changing the shape of parts of the North Island over time periods of weeks to years. Read the full article here
A similar event than today occurred in 1990. The scientific in-depth report of this earthquake can be consulted here.
Based on our historic map below (major earthquakes since 1900) a M6.8 at a depth of 12 km! occurred close to today’s epicenter in 1917

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Update 04:16 UTC : There are NO reports of injuries so far. Minor (hopefully insured) damage like cracks is reported from many locations.
The video below was recorded at a dog race. The camera shows the strong shaking at Sky Racing.

Update 04:04 UTC : Geonet has reviewed the hypocenter a second time and now reports a depth of 33 km.
More pictures of the mainly minor damage here.

Update 03:54 UTC : The picture below shows the strenth of the shaking in Masterton. Picture from Karen Monks via Twitter

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Update 03:48 UTC : There are reports of rockfall in the Manawatau Gorge. TranzMetro has suspended all train services in the capital and is replacing them with buses.

Update 03:36 UTC : The earthquake occurred in a sparsely populated area of the North Island. The reports of people living closest to the epicenter are confirming our expectations. These people are reporting strong shaking but NO damage.

Update 03:32 UTC : The many aftershocks are now visible on the seismogram below

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Update 03:25 UTC : the earthquake has been felt all over the North Island and the South Island. Geonet has now updated the depth to 50 km  (from 65 earlier). We maintain our expectation that minor damage is still possible but that there will be no fatalities or seriously injured people. This is confirmed by the many Experience Reports who have reached Geonet (see below).

Image courtesy and copyright Geonet New Zealand

Image courtesy and copyright Geonet New Zealand

Update 03:20 UTC : Continuous aftershocks are reported by Geonet

Update 03:15 UTC : Geonet has a preliminary depth of 65 km. Other seismological agencies mostly report shallower depths. If the Geonet depth will be the final one, we expect at least some minor (insured) damage in an area of approx. 30 km from the epicenter. We do however not expect fatalities.

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10 km north-west of Castlepoint (Geonet)
38km (24mi) NNE of Masterton, New Zealand (USGS)
39km (24mi) SSE of Palmerston North, New Zealand (USGS)
49km (30mi) E of Levin, New Zealand (USGS)
77km (48mi) ENE of Paraparaumu, New Zealand (USGS)
115km (71mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand (USGS)

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-01-20 15:52:45

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-01-20 02:52:45

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 50 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEONET Waipukurau Jan 20 23:56 1.6 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:53 1.6 33 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:46 1.5 33 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:43 1.9 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:36 1.6 32 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:32 1.7 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:26 1.8 32 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 23:22 3.2 39 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Martinborough Jan 20 23:21 1.6 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:19 2.4 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:16 2.6 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:15 1.8 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:11 2.3 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 23:04 1.7 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 23:02 2.6 34 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:53 1.5 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:51 2.4 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:42 2.0 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:40 1.9 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 22:37 4.0 79 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:33 1.8 19 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:28 3.6 89 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:18 2.3 22 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:14 1.7 34 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:11 1.8 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:08 1.9 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 22:03 3.5 25 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 22:02 3.7 84 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:51 1.8 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:48 2.7 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:44 2.0 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:37 1.9 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:34 2.0 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:28 1.7 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:23 1.7 22 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:20 1.7 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:14 2.3 82 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 21:03 2.2 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:57 2.4 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:55 1.8 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:53 1.8 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:49 3.4 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:43 2.7 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:37 2.0 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:32 1.8 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:30 1.6 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:20 3.1 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:14 1.9 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:12 2.1 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:08 1.7 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 20:05 1.8 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:45 1.6 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:42 1.3 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:37 2.1 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:34 3.1 32 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:33 2.8 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:30 1.9 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:25 2.1 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:23 2.3 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:16 1.4 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:13 2.4 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:07 1.7 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 19:04 1.5 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:58 1.5 35 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:51 1.9 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:50 2.1 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:48 1.7 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 18:40 3.8 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:37 2.8 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:35 2.8 32 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:25 1.6 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:23 2.2 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:14 1.5 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:12 1.9 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:09 2.7 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:08 2.4 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 18:06 1.7 96 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 18:00 2.2 38 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:58 1.8 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:54 1.7 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:51 2.1 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:40 2.8 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:34 2.2 14 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:24 2.7 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:20 1.8 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:14 3.0 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:04 1.9 32 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 17:01 1.7 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:56 1.4 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:51 1.4 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:48 1.8 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:47 1.7 16 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:43 1.6 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:41 2.3 19 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:38 2.0 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:35 1.8 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:29 1.7 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:25 1.9 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:18 1.4 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:16 2.6 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:10 2.2 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:09 1.8 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:05 1.8 33 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 16:03 1.9 40 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:59 1.4 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:57 2.1 32 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:48 2.9 40 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:43 1.7 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:41 1.5 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:40 2.7 35 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 15:37 1.7 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:35 2.3 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:31 1.6 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:29 2.2 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:26 1.8 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:21 1.6 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:19 1.6 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:14 1.7 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Masterton Jan 20 15:09 1.8 128 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 15:05 3.8 82 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:03 1.7 14 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 15:00 2.0 21 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:59 2.2 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:58 1.7 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:54 2.3 20 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:52 2.1 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:48 1.8 22 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:44 1.6 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:40 2.1 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:36 1.5 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:30 2.0 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 14:27 4.2 84 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 14:26 4.0 84 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:24 1.7 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:22 1.7 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Dannevirke Jan 20 14:20 2.4 116 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:19 1.9 33 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:14 2.2 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:10 1.8 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:03 2.0 19 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 14:01 1.7 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:55 2.6 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:53 2.7 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Levin Jan 20 13:49 1.8 34 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:42 1.6 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:39 1.9 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:37 2.0 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:36 1.6 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:34 1.4 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:32 1.8 21 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:28 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:25 2.4 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:22 2.4 222 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:18 2.1 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:15 1.8 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:13 2.0 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:03 2.8 37 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:02 2.0 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 13:01 1.4 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:59 1.5 16 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Levin Jan 20 12:56 1.6 33 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:55 1.6 19 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:53 1.7 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:46 1.8 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:42 1.5 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Palmerston North Jan 20 12:38 2.3 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:36 2.7 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:35 2.3 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:33 2.0 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:30 2.1 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:29 2.4 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 12:25 3.2 46 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:22 1.7 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:19 2.2 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:13 2.1 22 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:10 1.6 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:07 2.8 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:06 1.7 20 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:04 1.8 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:01 2.2 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 12:00 2.3 21 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 11:56 3.6 80 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:54 1.5 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:52 1.5 17 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:51 1.5 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:49 1.8 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 11:41 4.0 82 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:40 3.9 7 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:37 1.3 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:35 2.3 15 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:33 2.5 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:30 1.5 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 11:23 1.7 7 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:19 1.8 38 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:18 2.3 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:16 1.5 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:13 2.0 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:11 2.8 34 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Martinborough Jan 20 11:03 2.4 34 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:02 1.9 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 11:01 1.8 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:58 2.0 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:56 1.9 35 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:55 2.2 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:51 2.2 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:47 2.2 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:45 2.2 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:41 1.5 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:40 1.7 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:38 2.3 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:34 2.1 116 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:31 2.1 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:29 2.1 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:28 3.3 80 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:23 2.5 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:20 1.8 33 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:16 1.7 21 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 10:14 1.8 16 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 10:12 3.5 90 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:12 3.5 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:08 1.6 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:03 1.8 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:01 1.7 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 10:00 1.7 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Porangahau Jan 20 09:59 2.2 111 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:57 2.0 11 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:55 2.7 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:50 1.7 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:48 1.4 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:47 1.6 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:43 1.8 22 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:42 1.7 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:39 2.8 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:37 2.9 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:34 2.5 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:30 1.9 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 09:30 2.4 49 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:28 1.4 25 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:26 1.8 32 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:25 2.1 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:19 2.9 36 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:17 1.5 22 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 09:15 1.8 19 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:13 1.4 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:11 1.5 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:09 1.8 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 09:08 1.8 9 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:07 1.5 29 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Dannevirke Jan 20 09:03 2.5 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 09:00 2.1 24 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 08:57 3.0 85 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 08:55 1.7 20 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 08:48 2.2 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 08:45 2.1 31 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 08:44 2.6 27 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 08:38 2.1 30 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 08:36 1.4 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 08:34 2.4 27 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 07:09 2.4 33 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 06:44 3.6 20 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 06:37 3.3 84 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 06:36 3.4 16 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 05:57 3.0 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 05:53 3.4 85 MAP I Felt It INFO
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GEONET Palmerston North Jan 20 05:13 2.3 26 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Masterton Jan 20 05:09 2.4 13 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 05:07 2.6 33 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 05:03 3.5 86 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 04:17 3.0 25 MAP I Felt It INFO
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GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 04:13 3.7 24 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Levin Jan 20 03:56 2.6 27 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 03:42 3.2 80 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 03:26 3.4 35 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 03:22 2.8 28 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 03:18 2.6 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 03:14 3.5 34 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Pongaroa Jan 20 03:13 3.4 6 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 03:11 3.0 28 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 03:10 3.1 34 MAP I Felt It
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GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 03:04 4.5 18 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 02:59 3.6 5 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 02:58 4.3 23 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Castlepoint Jan 20 02:56 4.1 69 MAP I Felt It
USGS Masterton, New Zealand Jan 20 02:52 6.2 28 MAP I Felt It
EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Jan 20 02:52 6.2 28 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON North Island, New Zealand Jan 20 02:52 6.2 26 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 02:52 6.3 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Upper Hutt - Strong shaking lasting about 10 seconds
  • Himatangi Beach - A lot of shaking but no damage to the property.
  • new plymouth - No damage just shaking
  • christchurch - deep jolt and deep shaking . could tell it was someonnne elses earthquake
  • hastings - Durée 1 petite minute ressenti faible
  • Whanganui - House shook strongly for half to one minute and much less strongly for another 10 minutes.
  • upper hutt - strong shaking which lasted forever
  • Napier - No damage
  • Queen Charlotte Sound - About ten seconds of shaking
  • Mangaweka - no damage , old wooden house wobbled, Children frightened
  • New Plymouth - Not too scarey, but knew it was an earthquake.
  • Levin - house shook strongly for 40 seconds , no visible damage .
  • havelock north - strong shaking for about a minute.
  • taupo - shaky
  • Wanganui - Keine schäden
  • Hastings - Very notisable earthquake. Things swaying and the water in the pot too. Curtains swaying and kids running into the lounge area saying they felt it. Even felt little jolts.
  • Kapiti Coast - Started with strong shaking for about 5-10 sec, and then moved into strong rolling for about another 10-15 sec. Note that we are up on the hills overlooking Waikanae, not on the coastal plain.
  • Wellington - Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • palmerston north - Awesome!!!!
  • Palmerston North - Tout d'abord un grand craquement puis roulements et mouvements pendants une trentaine de secondes. Quelques objets et verres dans le placards sont tombes mais pas de vrai casse.
  • Lower Hutt - house shaking could see the walls moving only few photos dropped still frightening
  • Manu Grove - Everything moved house wobbled back and forth went on for a while
  • Waikanae Beach - Felt strongly. Inside house light fittings shook, small items fell over; whole house shook, difficulty standing. Outside, rolling motion, things fell in garden shed, trees shook.
  • Palmerston North - At Ashhurst model club flying field (domain) and the rail bridge made a hell of a racket and train had just crossed. Some slips at domain lookout with trees sliding down cliff, big dust cloud. Minor cacking in house masonary and house slab, some breakages in house and garage. A good un!
  • Palmerston North - Dogs began growling and barking a few seconds prior. Started with a roaring grating noise. Strong, sharp jolt and maybe 20 seconds of shaking followed by a gentler rolling motion that seemed to go on another 20 seconds or so. Pretty scary - especially the noise! Couple of things fell from shelves, water rocked out of open containers. Animals were freaked out for a much longer period than past quakes.
  • Horowhenua - A very strong rolling motion slowly increasing in intensity. Lasted maybe 20 seconds. Some cracks evident in an old concrete water tank.
  • Town Centre - Strong deep loud rumbling first, dogs ran out barking, and very strong shaking, wooden house creaked all over, we ran outside where it kept shaking for a few seconds. cds fell from shelves, piles of plates in storeroom fell and broke, items in the pantry on the floor, books everywhere, we were lucky this time! quite scary really...
  • Wellington - A low growl at first, getting louder. Felt a light vibration of the floor, it got stronger to moderate shaking and ended in one, hard shock. My tea sloshed around in the pot. Went out afterwards but saw no damage at all in the area.
  • Palmerston North - My son & i got tossed on to the ground. The shaking was very strong and lasted a good minute or more. Went home to find kitchen cupboards flung open, pantry items fallen, stuff on top of fridge over kitchen floor. Photos on cabinets fallen down. No structual damage noticible. Have felt a number of aftershocks since
  • Otorohanga - light rolling
  • Palmerston north - was in countdown everyone noticed a loud rumble around 20 seconds later it start slow then just snapped and rocked like mad.
  • Motueka - shaking lasted for at least 10 seconds
  • Masterton - heard a great cracking sound and was expecting to see the window frame break up plus window panes broken. the rolling sensation afterwards made me feel quite nauseated. but how ever nothing broke or fell off the walls. very lucky.
  • Marton - I was outside under some tall pine trees, the neighbours' garages rattled violently, and then the ground shook, and the trees swayed a lot. Some minutes later the ground still trembled when I stood still. Everything inside the house rattled loudly, some doors opened or shut, the trailer moved backwards on a concrete floor. The cat ran, and all nearby dogs barked so much. Some friends have brick chimney damage. Have not found any damage here to our place so far.
  • Dannevirke - We were outside and heard a loud distinctive rumble like a train or truck was coming. Strong jolt then rolling. During the rolling the trees looked like there was a breeze blowing through them, that how we knew it was still going.
  • Palmerston North - Les secousses étaient violentes, au 3eme étage de notre hotel on se sentait comme sur un bateau. Le tremblement était de 6.3.
  • Palmerston North - Violent shaking. CDs, glasses, books thrown from shelves and cupboards, glass smashed. Pictures off walls. Cracks in wooden exterior walls. Damage to fuse box and water cylinders. Chimney flue moved slightly. Cracks in ground. We live on Pahiatua Track, 1.6km from Turnoff at Palmerston North end of track. ER: Thank You for telling us
  • GEONET Martinborough Jan 20 02:38 1.3 30 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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