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Strong Earthquake Felt 70km Northwest of Te Anau

Strong earthquake felt 70km northwest of Te Anau in the South Island, New Zealand

12.12 am 22 August 2003

Universal Time: 2003 August 21 1212

NZ Standard Time: 2003 August 22 12:12 a.m.

Latitude, Longitude: 45.14°S 166.90°E

Location: 70 km north-west of Te Anau

Focal depth: 12 km

Richter magnitude: 7.1

A strong quake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale was felt at 12.12am on 23 August 2003. The quake was centred 70 kilometres northwest of Te Anau. A number of aftershocks, including one registering at 6.1 at 2.10 am were registered by the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences. Current updates below.

Current Update:

The following earthquake has been recorded by GeoNet:
70 km west of Te Anau.

A large aftershock of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake at 12:12 a.m. this morning. There have been many aftershocks to this event, and these may continue for some time. The current earthquake (indicated by a star) is shown in the context of ten years of 'shallow' (less than 40 km) seismicity.

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    [Scoop Editor’s Note: Local residents have reported light damage. Southland Civil Defence reported a power outage at Tuatapere, and a partial cut in other nearby areas.]

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