Another Earthquake In Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay was again shaken by an earthquake

A 5.1 magnitude quake struck at 12.33 pm today at a depth of 30 km. Grid reference 40.28°S, 176.38°E and was felt over much of the north island and as far north as Auckland.

For more read Big Earthquake Hits North Island on Stuff

Two large earthquakes also shook this area last year, not long after the first large Canterbury earthquake

Also see Earthquakes in Hawke’s Bay 9 Sept 2010:.

“Two earthquakes rocked the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand today, the first at 4.18pm measured 5.3 on the Richter scale and the second was at 8.25pm and measured 4.3.” Grid Reference 40.40°S, 176.73°E

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  1. New quake today!
    A magnitude-5.2 quake hit 120 km northwest of Wellington at 9.33pm quake was centred 120 km northwest of Wellington and was felt widely in the North Island and upper South Island, and friends in New Plymouth reported feeling it. Was that Maori elder right? That’s the second somewhat larger one this year to hit in the Wellington area.

    I recall reading that geology experts Tim Davies and Mauri McSaveney predicted in 2006 that a serious alpine fault earthquake was overdue, but that it would result in the East Cape being torn away from New Zealand, destroying the plateau where Rotorua is located, and taking Taupo and Whakatane along with it. Didn’t happen. The frightening thing is that we do not know enough to be able to predict where the biggie will happen, and there could be a worse one than the Christchurch quake coming – anytime. They made this prediction at a Natural Hazards Management Conference in Christchurch before the seismic event that made the headlines. They added that it would strike out of the blue (so would be unexpected and people could prepare only minimally) and cause widescale damage and fatalities. They also said an Alpine fault quake was a certainty – only a matter of when. The interval between now and the last event had been longer than any interval between known earlier events.
    There was surprise that the CC earthquake took place where it took place. They were expecting it elsewhere. But just because Christchurch had a biggie doesn’t mean there won’t be a bad one somewhere else. There has been an upswing in seismic activity. Don’t relax.

    Keep an eye on the TGV and Taupo-Hikurangi arc-trench.

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