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Earthquake swarms are very common in the greater Rotorua-Taupo area, known as the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Since around 6pm (Monday 13 February) the GeoNet seismometer network between Taupo and the Tongariro National Park has been recording a swarm of small earthquakes. They locate about 10 kilometres north west of Tokaanu. We have been able to locate 19 of the events so far. Their magnitudes ranged from about M 0.8 to M 1.7, while the depths ranged between 1 and 9 kilometres,…
20/01/2017 1.30 p.m. We’ve been busy crunching the numbers based on all the seismic activity in the aftershock area of November’s Kaikoura Earthquake. So what’s the big news? The expected numbers of earthquakes have dropped a lot since the last forecast.  There is now a 25 percent chance of one or more M6.0-6.9 earthquakes occurring within the next month; this has decreased from 54 percent from our last forecast (19 December 2016).…
Today marks one year since the magnitude 5.7 Valentine’s Day earthquake http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/2016p118944hit Christchurch at 1.13pm on a sunny summer Sunday. The earthquake, which happened more than four years after the previous large aftershock in the Christchurch earthquake sequence (the magnitude 5.9 23 December 2011 earthquake http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/3631359), struck under the sea floor,…

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