Deep moderate earthquake shakes New Zealand North Island

Felt area of the M 6.5 New Zealand July 5 2011 earthquake - courtesy Geonet

UPDATE : Kaye Bassett Millar living in Akaroa wrote on our Facebook page that she felt this earthquake too (or would it have been another Christchurch aftershock ?)

UPDATE : What we initially reported as a moderate deep earthquake should have been written as a "very strong" deep earthquake. Geonet reported a magnitude of 6.5 which is a lot stronger than the data reported by USGS. The 6.5 @ 150 km is also explaining why so many people felt it at this depth.  The Geonet image at right gives an idea how this earthquake was felt even in a part of the South Island.

UPDATE : The epicenter of this earthquake was approx. 30 km west from Taupo, although epicenters for deep earthquakes have less importance then for shallow earthquakes or earthquakes at an intermediate depth.

UPDATE : These kinds of deep earthquakes are usually completely harmless although they are felt in a wide area.
A couple of days after the weak earthquake close to Auckland, another earthquake was felt in this area. This earthquake originated, however, deep in the earth at a distance of 161 km.  The earthquake was felt all over the North Island as a weak shaking.

Lake Taupo, New Zealand - Panoramio image courtesy Daniel Meyer -

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.3 USGS, 6.5 GEONET-NZ
UTC Time : Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 03:36:25 UTC
Local time at epicenter :  Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at 03:36:25 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 161.3 (USGS), 150km (GEONET)
Geo-location(s) :
69 km (42 miles) SW of Rotorua, New Zealand
209 km (129 miles) SSE of Auckland, New Zealand

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Seismic hazard map

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I did feel it – Ik heb het gevoeld – Το έκανα αισθάνεται – Yo lo siento – 我的确感到了 – 私はそれを感じていました- Ich habe es gefühlt – Bunu hissediyorum yaptı – لم أشعر أنه


  1. Martin Rey says
  2. Martin Rey says

    Remember that TAUpO is one of the VEI 8's volcanoes of the World..
    Lake Taupo, in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island is not recognised as such by most people, but it is actually the Caldera of a large rhyolitic volcano. This huge volcano has produced two of the world’s most violent eruptions in geologically recent times.
    The Taupo Eruption (also known as the Hatepe eruption) represents the latest eruption from the Taupo Volcano, and occurred about 1,800 years ago. It represents the most violent eruption in the world in the last 5,000 years..

    • Armand Vervaeck says

      I have been there and i truly hope that this is not another Nabro 🙂
      Thanks Martin