Earthquake Near Mount Cook

A very shallow 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Mount Cook area just before noon today. The quake was felt as at *Fox Glacier, in Christchurch and as far north as Waikanae in the North Island.

*The 22 February that hit Christchurch last caused 30 million tonnes of ice to fall from the Tasman Glacier, 200 km west of Christchurch. It will be interesting to see if today’s more local quake will have any effect on glaciers in the region.


Quake near Mount Cook

Reference Number 3486620 [View event in Google Maps] [View Felt Reports in Google Maps]
Universal Time March 27 2011 at 22:54
NZ Daylight Time Monday, March 28 2011 at 11:54 am
Latitude, Longitude 43.63°S, 170.26°E
Focal Depth 5 km
Richter magnitude 4.1
Region West Coast
  • 20 km north-east of Mount Cook
  • 40 km south of Whataroa
  • 120 km north-west of Timaru
  • 190 km west of Christchurch

We’ve been keeping a record of southern earthquakes in recent days, you can find them HERE

View an interactive map of New Zealand’s faults here on the GNS website