Damaging quake hits the north-east of the South Island

Another severe, damaging quake struck in the afternoon of Friday 16 August. Damage has been reported both sides of the Cook Strait.


The Cook Strait earthquakes page has further information including ongoing response and research on the Cook Strait and Lake Grassmere earthquakes and their aftershocks.

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There will be an aftershock sequence to follow this earthquake, and we already have had one of magnitude 6 and several over magnitude 5. The latest revised forecast for a further magnitude 6 or greater, for the 24 hours from 12:00 pm 21 August, is 2.2%. See the full statistics table.



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