Strong earthquake strikes Opunake in Taranaki
Posted by te2ataria on November 8, 2016
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Magnitude 5.0 quake felt widely throughout the lower North Island
A strong 5.0 quake struck the town of Opunake, Taranaki at 5.59am this morning.
The quake struck at a depth of 14km about 10km north of the town and was felt widely throughout the lower North Island, according to reports.
Geonet initially reported the quake as a “severe” 5.2 magnitude, but later revised it down to 5.0.
Aftershocks could be expected in region after the quake,
“The most likely scenario is smaller aftershocks over the coming days, but we can’t rule out there will be another one the same size,” said a Geonet seismologist.
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