2 moderate earthquakes right below Auckland, New Zealand - Some cracks in sidewalks

Update: Some minor damages, for example cracks in sidewalks, were reported by local newspapers. Nothing serious. It was underlined that there is no link to the activity of Auckland volcanic field. Both quakes were tectonic.

Update : Geonet has now changed the Magnitude of the first quake from M3.7 to M3.1 (normal as fast readings are always preliminary). Depths can be considered extremely shallow (4 km and 6 km), which gives an additional strength for those living right above the epicenter.

Red star = epicenter of the strongest earthquake - Map courtesy and copyright Geonet New Zealand

Red star = epicenter of the strongest earthquake - Map courtesy and copyright Geonet New Zealand

A reader from Waiheke Island described the experience as follows :

Heard rumbling, then chimney rattling, felt small vibration which then became a jolt.  Called friends and a few minutes later there was a very rough shaking, probably only a couple of seconds but was a very vigorous backwards/forwards feeling.  Felt I was back in Wellington not Waiheke.

Update : we have to talk about a double earthquake as there were 2 tremors, the first one a M3.7 and the second one a M3.9. The time in between both shocks was 5 minutes.
Both quakes where very shallow which makes the experience even stronger.
Earthquake report.com does not expect any damage from the shaking which was experienced by the Auckland population as moderate to light.
The epicenter has been located by GNS Science right below Motutapu Island.

A moderate earthquake struck almost right below Auckland, New Zealand.
The greater epicenter area has NO strong historic earthquakes (>5.5 since 1900).

Image courtesy and copyright Geonet, New Zealand

Image courtesy and copyright Geonet, New Zealand

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 3.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-03-17 16:00:53

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-03-17 03:00:53

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 4 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEONET Auckland Mar 17 03:05 3.9 6 MAP I Felt It
  • Mt Eden - house creaked and shook.
  • 3 Ngahura Street, Eden Terrace - It was sudden. I heard my bookshelves shake. And my couch shook soon after.
  • Auckland - I was sitting on my bed when all of a sudden it started to wobble and a few other things in my room started to wobble as well.
  • Albany - Its first time i ever felt the earthquake before so my rating of how strong it was might be wrong but it was strong enough to know that its a earthquake not something else.
  • Auckland - sitting on the couch and felt the couch moving - looked across to our cockatiel's cage and it was shaking!
  • Auckland CBD - Building shaking for a few seconds
  • Beach Haven - 16:05 Small shake of house
  • Remuera auckland - Dad said he felt shaking upstairs. I did not. At this point I typed Auckland Earthquake into google to find any news results. Instead I felt the actual thing. Pretty freaky
  • Parnell Auckland - Moderate shaking, quiet scary, a few seconds long.
  • St heliers - House shock for a minute, windows shaked
  • 44 kurahaupo street auckland - 3 second rumble
  • Devonport - On 4th floor of 12 story apartment block.
  • Rothesay Bay - Short quick 'shunt' feeling earthquake. One 'bump' and a small house shake!
  • Newmarket Auckland - chilled
  • Auckland - Minor shaking. Felt like in came in 2 waves
  • Charmaine Road Torbay - whole chair and office shaking for around 10 seconds, nothing fell off desk or anything but quite solid
  • Auckland Central - Gentle rocking of my apartment.
  • Point Chevalier - Felt as though there were heavy trucks in the street, or full washing machine was unbalanced during spin cycle. Desk shook, items on desk rattled around. Just minor, but rare for Auckland.
  • Meadowbank - Felt like one end of the house had been hit by a truck; no obvious damage sustained.
  • Bucklands Beach - Was just chilling in the lounges ad then felt the room around me distort slightly - it was a short and weak quake I reckon, but hopefully no more for our volcanoes lol..
  • Browns Bay - Oh my lord I hated it. Fourth one!
  • Cockle bay Auckland - Felt a shutter throughout the house causing it to make creaking noise
  • Pinehill - It was pretty shaky but nothing compared with my experience with earthquakes in Wellington.
  • Glendene - Strong but short jolt. Was strong and shook ornaments and liquid in lava lamp.
  • Burswood, auckland - slight shake and heard my candle stand wobble..
  • Devonport - A sudden jolt like something had driven into the side of the house!
  • Browns Bay - Definite shaking felt for for 5 - 10 secs inside the house.
  • Auckland - Things shook on shelves
  • Avondale - Slight but certainly out of the ordinary rumbling and shaking of the house.
  • Glenfield, Auckland - Only lasted a few seconds. Felt as if someone had dropped a container next to the house. Thought it was that at first, but nothing was in sight. It provided a bit of a rattle, long enough to allow me to recognise what it was and get off the couch. By the time I got up to head towards the door it was over.
  • Whitford, Auckland - Quick sharp shake - lasting approx 2(seconds)
  • Saint Johns, Auckland - I was scared, thought my dog was shaking my house :)
  • Waiheke Island - Felt like a very strong jolt and the building shook
  • North Shore Belmont - It was a small but sudden shake and for half a second I thought the house was going to fall over. But I have been in this experience before many times in wellington.I have lived in Auckland for almost 2 years now and I had not felt one till then and in some ways I'm kinda glad I have been in one here.
  • Northcote - Strong shaking in the house
  • Stonefields - 5 second shake
  • Mellons Bay - We heard a rumbling like thunder quickly followed by the house rattling and the couches we were sitting on moving back and forth slightly. Was over in a matter of seconds!
  • Muriwai Beach - Pictures on walls rocking
  • Dairy Flat - My bed was shaking and the shed my dad was working in was also shaking.
  • Flat Bush, Auckland - There was an aeroplane going over and then it felt like a dog was putting pressure on my computer chair and I felt a shake through my chair. Also a slight shake through my computer noise
  • Auckland, North Shore - The house and some furniture just started shaking. I knew straight away what is was. It only lasted for maybe 10 -20 seconds.
  • East Auckland - First time i felt an earthquake. Minor shaking. Came in 2 waves. First wave lasted 2 secs, second wave about 4 seconds.
  • Greenhithe - Shaking For About 7 Seconds
  • Howick - Woke up from sleep
  • Howick - First there was a small 'bump' I mistook it for a door slamming, then light shaking that did'nt knock anything over
  • Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa - Felt the light shaking, but the noise was more freightening and thought it would be bigger.
  • Remuera - Suprised!
  • Massey - just sitting here next thing i know my whole house just shakes. very quick, very unexpected
  • Auckland east - desk was shaking
  • Remuera, Auckland, NZ - Felt like the house was being shaken so of like a spin action on a washing machine
  • Beachhaven - Felt like a car hit the house
  • Massey - Felt the house shake, nothing major, just a bit surprised
  • Birkenhead - Very brief shaking. Was heard before it was felt.
  • Manurewa - Rocking chair--was really moving.
  • Howick - Thought it was a tree falling over!
  • Panmure Bridge - Sitting at computer and house started to shake. Lasted about 10 secs.
  • Whangaparaoa - My couch was doing the harlem shake!
  • Kohimarama - Shit was getting hectic yo! I nearly spilt my coffee!!!
  • East Tamaki - My bed and mirrors shook
  • Blackpool, Waiheke Island - Two earthquakes about 5 minutes apart. House shook and rattled.
  • Archers Road, Northshore - Sitting having a cup of coffee with my Dad at the dining room table and there was a rolling type shake which shook the table, pot plants and us! My husband was on the couch which also shook.
  • Mairangi Bay, Auckland - On second floor of the house and felt the whole house shaking for a little while and wondering 'what the hell'.
  • Mangere - The Lounge suite under me moved as if someone was pushing it back and forth and the big pot plant behind me was shaking.
  • WAIHEKE iSLAND - felt and heard the first one and thought we had problems in new home - than minutes later the second one and thought maybe hot water cylinder going - checked outside and then went on line searching Auckland earthquake to ascertain there had been two. Thankfully I didn't place all the glasses we had just unpacked too close to edge of dresser
  • Browns Bay - shook the house about 3 seconds never felt in before :( o_o :P xD
  • Dominion road.Mount Roskill - light shaking felt in two waves
  • Pakuranga - Felt like there were couple of waves which passed from underneath us
  • Bucklands Beach - Felt one wall shaking, rattling sound as furniture shook against the wall
  • The Gardens - My desk started shaking and i thought it was just my imagination then i looked across in my room and all my jewellery was shaking and rattling
  • Glendowie - 5 sec vertical up & down about 4 to 6 times
  • Auckland cbd - I thought it was a dryer
  • Greenhithe - Strong jolt then shudder lasting 1-2 seconds.
  • Auckland CBD - building shake
  • Howick - okay
  • Mission Bay - we felt it it was quite big
  • Hillsborough, Auckland - It was a very short sharp jolt. I was on a concrete ground level floor at a desk when the strong jolt hit. It felt like something ran into the house giving it a severe jolt>
  • Browns Bay, Auckland - Shaking and sound like heavy traffic
  • Stanmore Bay - Moved the table shock the couch and scared the kids.
  • Glenfield - Short burst 2-5 seconds.
  • Massey, Auckland - Doors and Windows rattled, no more than if a truck was driving past! pretty cool though :)
  • Parnell - First ever time experienced one but it was noticeable enough to be scary
  • Auckland CDB - was on sofa and body shaked for about 5 sec. person asleep woke up by the shake. lvl5 apartment
  • Browns Bay - There was slight shaking and then a jolt and then nothing, it had stopped.
  • Oteha - House shook violently for about 2 - 3 seconds. No damage
  • Henderson Valley - Very weak shake coming from underneath the house.
  • Glenfield - Heard loud rumble then shook the whole office
  • Albany - Lasted 3 seconds
  • Birkenhead, Auckland - Whole house was shaking, felt like strong wind.
  • Bucklands Beach - Standing in our kitchen and thought a mini tornado had struck locally. Felt very sharp but short shaking - very weird!
  • Mission bay - Quite aa bang, windows shook
  • Botany Downs - Woke me from my nap. Felt more upstairs than down.
  • Bucklands Beach - First was at 1600, shake was tiny, sencond shake ar 1605,a bit stronger.
  • East Tamaki - Heard the roof creaking and felt the couch shaking badly.
  • Omiha, Waiheke Island - Heard rumbling, then chimney rattling, felt small vibration which then became a jolt. Called friends and a few minutes later there was a very rough shaking, probably only a couple of seconds but was a very vigorous backwards/forwards feeling. Felt I was back in Wellington not Waiheke.
  • Beachlands - First one at 16:05 felt like a heavy truck passing. The next one at 16:07 felt like a very high frequency shake and quite severe- I am surpised that we still have power and our water tank did not bust. At least it was local, so it would not have been any worse else where. Hope there is not another to come
  • BBelmont - House started shaking, chandeliers moving and rattling for a couple of seconds, it happened again a couple of minutes after
  • Taylor St, Blockhouse Bay - Was sitting on my bed and it temporarily shook for 2 secs or so & my daughter who was in another room on the bed felt the same. My husband however, who was in the living room did not feel anything
  • Manukau - Some weak shaking through my chair. An enjoyable experience.
  • 469 Parnell Road - A very short but sharp shake. Bad enough to get me to look for cover
  • Albany - Very short sudden shake
  • Browns bay - was playing mc. mum ran around screaming earthquake!!! first time I thought she became crazy. but I felt the second one. it shakd my computer. we ran outside. I'm 13 but I've never experienced something like this. I'm still scared and shaking... ig: StephanieLul
  • Cockle Bay Howick - Short in duration but quite significant shaking felt on the 1st floor of the house, downstairs nobody felt anything.
  • Ellerslie - Heard a loud rumble, was just saying "what the hell is that" and then bang and a second of minor shaking. Still a little scary.
  • One Tree Hill - my computer jumped around and my desk too.....the jumped up looking at me....
  • Glen Innes - my cat and i were on the couch and then it started shaking back an forth as if someone was shoving it about very hard as well as the cabniet started shaking making a rattling noise unexpected, heard dogs in the neighbourhood barking after
  • Mangere Bridge - I have to agree with Hillsborough. Strong jolt like something ran into the house
  • Orewa - Shakingly good
  • Riverhead - Very weird sensation
  • Howick - I was downstairs, sitting in my chair in front of my computer,then i start getting sleepy and lean on my swivel chair for a nap; almost closed to sleep, when suddenly I was awakened by a sudden shake, which I thought was a mild earthquake, my husband didn't believed me.He said he was playing with our son, behind me and probably he accidentally bumped on my chair where I was sitting. I opened the FB page and a friend shared this link about the mild earthquake.
  • Pakuranga - sudden small shock fading to light shake then stopping within a few seconds
  • Remuera - Rocked at computer! V/surprised by such a strong jolt here in Auck. Somewhat scary. Lasted 5-7 seconds.
  • Окленд - Хорошо тряхнул, кошки в панике забились по кровать.
  • Takapuna - A sharp bump
  • Otara, Manukau - I thought a big truck or a plane had pass by very closely to the house...amazing yet startling experience!?
  • Glen Innes - One short sharp jolt, followed by 10 seconds of moderate shaking. Quelle surprise!!
  • Avondale - I was at the computer and i thought my son had come up behind me and pushed the chair, but i turned around and he was no where near me!!
  • Belmont North Shore - 2 shakes about 5 mins apart. First one like a thump, 2nd one shaking for a few seconds.
  • Manly Whangaporoa - Felt like one big fart lasting 10secs, the couch was massaging me. :)
  • Howick - In factory, felt like a huge gust of wind hit, could see the door flex and roof cracked
  • Takapuna - Felt it on the 19th floor of Spencer on Byron hotel - there was a sudden jolt
  • Mount Wellington - a strong shake. I was lying on my bed and felt the jolt cas my dressing table and cupboards rattled. my bed gave a jerk and my neighbours dog gave a loud bark. My cat ran away
  • Glenfield - Thought a car was speeding down my driveway and then the house shook. I was sitting on the couch 10 mins earlier and felt the house vibrate.
  • Te Atatu South - Our house shook
  • Glen Innes - couch shaking back and forth, cabniet shook and rattled unexpected
  • Massey - Im used to trucks going buy, but that is more vibration based. This rocked and jolted my chair and a bottle on the shelf in front of me - also went on for a while. Havnt felt one before so I had to be informed that this was actually indeed a quake! I did mention it online to my friends at the time, and to my son here with me, it was that unnusual.
  • Taupaki, Auckland - Felt like a vehicle had hit the house and the talbe continued to wobble for a few seconds
  • Waiheke Island - two of them a few minutes apart ..the 2nd one was a bit longer ...
  • New Lynn - very small jolt
  • Waiheke Island, Auckland New Zealand - Waiheke Island - two earthquakes, officially 3.7 and 3.9 but the second felt much bigger than the first. loud bang followed by moderate shaking for 1 - 3 seconds
  • Greenhithe - Jolt then shaking for 1-2 seconds
  • Devonport - the house was shaking for a few seconds.
  • Te Atatu Peninsula - Couch was shaking, thought it was a truck, but nothing outside!
  • Onehunga - Three of us were sitting in the lounge area and our House shook, windows rattled. It felt like the truck just Was very close by and drove passed our house.
  • Hillcrest, Auckland - Felt the original tremor thought it was the wind as it only lasted 1 second or less, then felt the second tremor 5 mins or so later which lasted 2-3 seconds.
  • Waiheke Island - Slow rumble... very noticeable shake of house
  • Blockhouse Bay - I thought the mrs was bouncing on the floor when I felt shaking, is it Aucklands turn???
  • Weymouth - windowed opened due to few sec shake
  • Symonds st - funny
  • Titirangi(waima) - sitting on our couch and we all felt a shake.
  • Auckland - I thought it was just thunder because of the
  • Takapuna - The second earthquake was a lot stronger - shaking for about 6-7 seconds. Strongest one I've felt.
  • Howick - A rumble of motion and the whole house shock and started shaking
  • Flatbush - was very quick was really a joltfull kinda experiance
  • Otahuhu - On the couch, felt like the wall pushed the couch, got me up and out the door...scary
  • Manukau Auckland - Felt like a huge truck had shaken the house. Strange, did wonder at the time.
  • Devonport - Rough shaking of house for a few seconds, unsecured TV swaying!
  • Army bay - House shook. Was like the sonic boom of an aircraft overhead followed by rattling. Thought it was a big gust of wind but realised that the wind had died down at that moment which made it very surreal. Thankfully the 2 tremors were only short.
  • One Tree Hill - OHMYGOSH!!! Dropped my tea. LOL. Wasn't hardout but I'm scared a bigger one could come?
  • Weymouth - Quite a violent jolt, which was felt by all of us through out the house. It's unnerving for us who have never felt such a thing before, instinct says run.
  • East Tamaki heights - I was sitting on the couch and felt like a strong wind shaking me.
  • Onehunga - was watching tv, felt the couch vibrate very briefly, but was enough to make me jump up and wonder what the hell it was.
  • Rocky Bay, Waiheke Island - The house shook and creaked a bit at both the 1601 and 1605 events, particularly the second one. But nothing fell off any shelf (and some of my bookshelves are well-stacked).
  • st heliers, auckland - felt the room shake for a second
  • Auckland - just a single shake like a bang in the house without the bang
  • Remuera - Short, sharp jolt. Felt like something hit the house.
  • Pinehill - husband and i were at our computers could feel the ground shaking so quickly looked up Geonet while i was doing that a sharp jolt came i banged into my desk and ran into the lounge it woke my mum up from her nap she got quite a fright
  • otara - Felt one strong jolt
  • Mission Bay - Seats all vibrated in cinema, thought was film effect then thought earthquake
  • Torbay - Felt like a huge heavy truck passed just outside my window where I sat and rocked/twisted the house. But we are perched on a hill above the street. Large noise. 5-10 sec. Felt quite jolted. Unusual feeling and sound.
  • Durey Road, Dairy Flat - At first I thought it was some some walking upstairs with very heavy steps but then the bed I was sitting on started to feel like it was wobbling, went for a few seconds and therefore long enough to realize it was an earthquake
  • Browns Bay - I was on my bed, reading my magazine and then there was this BOOM and the ground shook. It was such a fright for me because it was my first earthquake experience.
  • Milford - Was resting on my bed, heard a bang and slight shaking of the house, then it was over.
  • Forrest Hill - deep thud sound and the ground shuddered
  • Northpark Howick - originally thought it was a strong wind gust shaking the house until I felt the tremor immediately after.
  • Belmont - Couldn't quite work out what was happening. Large rumble and shaking for a few seconds.
  • Otahuhu - Felt toilet bowl rocking gently back and forth
  • mairangi bay - At 4 pm there was this jolt like someone had detonated something underground, and five minutes later it was a light tremor.
  • Henderson - door was shaking,like someone was knocking on it.
  • Awaruku rd Torbay - Watching Tv when we heard what was like a strong wind but then felt the whole house move sideways for about 6 seconds.A bit freaky
  • Manurewa - it felt like a sudden jolt & an almost sideways jerking
  • Auckland CBD - I felt it at the apartment 12 floor
  • Dannemora - Sitting on the couch and felt 3 sideways shakes. Like a truck driving passed on the open road. No rattles or damage, Nothing fell of shelves. And it was RAINING!
  • Blackpool, Waiheke Island - very loud rumbling = like standing very close to a train, whole house shook .
  • New Lynn - Felt like a heart palpitation
  • Otara - My couch shook
  • Gulf Harbour - Sitting in my lounge room chair and felt a moderate shake only lasted a couple of seconds.
  • Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa - I was downstairs and suddenly felt like all house pretty strong shaking for few seconds and heard walls cracking. Furniture and pot plants were wobbling. Family who rested upstairs run with questions: What was it? What happen?? Scary.
  • Papakura - We felt our chair shake like a heavy truck was going past.
  • glendowie - totally oblivious: heard nothing, felt nothing - feeling cheated!
  • Bayview, Auckland - We were relaxing in the lounge when there was quite a rumble.
  • Rhinevale Close Henderson - I felt the floor begin to shake - I thought it was my husband walking on the deck but it seemed to continue even after he was off deck - This meant it felt like it went for quite a few seconds - enough for me to look at the floor not understanding why it continued to shake - I started to worry about the house but then it stopped - Didn't know it was an earthquake until news.
  • Auckland - Couch was shaking hard out. No one upstairs felt it. I was the only one downstairs. Almost cried after it ended, since it was my first quake ever.
  • Manurewa - My house shook for a solid 15 seconds and it felt very strong along with some rumbling
  • GEONET Auckland Mar 17 03:00 3.1 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Auckland - I was on the Southern Motorway at Takanini heading to CBD with the kids, felt the car rocking unusually thought it was the car (Volvo CX90) big car to rock like that-scary stuff!



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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) ?
    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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