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Swarm Of Earthquakes Hits Wellington Region


Location Map From Geonet.org.nz

Since 6.54pm this evening there have been five earthquakes in roughly the same spot 40km south east of Martinborough off the Wairarapa Coast.

The most recent of these at 10.26pm was the largest at 5.2 on the richter scale, and was felt widely in the Wellington region, including at Scoop HQ where it caused a relatively light woozy motion over a period of a few seconds.

The swarm of Wairarapa quakes followed two other earthquakes in the lower North Island today, one near Hastings at 5.19pm and one in the Cook Strait north-west of Porirua at 1.38pm.

The following is the earthquake data on the earthquakes from http://www.geonet.org.nz/recent_quakes.html. There you can find more information, and maps showing the quake locations.

2353002 NZDT: Tue, Jan 18 2005 10:26 pm
Magnitude: 5.2 Depth: 25 km
40 km south-east of Martinborough,

2352990 NZDT: Tue, Jan 18 2005 9:46 pm
Magnitude: 3.8 Depth: 20 km
40 km south-east of Martinborough,

2352986 NZDT: Tue, Jan 18 2005 9:36 pm
Magnitude: 4.9 Depth: 20 km
40 km south-east of Martinborough,

2352944 NZDT: Tue, Jan 18 2005 7:24 pm
Magnitude: 3.6 Depth: 15 km
40 km south-east of Martinborough,

2352934 NZDT: Tue, Jan 18 2005 6:54 pm
Magnitude: 3.8 Depth: 15 km
40 km south-east of Martinborough,

2352910 NZDT: Tue, Jan 18 2005 5:19 pm
Magnitude: 3.6 Depth: 20 km
20 km west of Hastings,

2352843 NZDT: Tue, Jan 18 2005 1:38 pm
Magnitude: 4.4 Depth: 50 km
30 km north-west of Porirua,

ENDS

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