Large earthquake strikes near Hanmer Springs in South Island, NZ
Posted by te2ataria on November 14, 2016
Tsunami warnings issued for many New Zealand coastal areas
The quake has been classified as “severe”; it was felt through much of the country, as “very large”, said Geonet.
- Tsunami warnings are in effect for entire East Coast. And residents are being advised to head for higher ground.
- Tsunami waves have been reported in Kaikoura and Wellington
- Aftershocks, many of them greater than 5 magnitude, are being widely felt.
- Power is out in numerous areas.
- Roads damages are reported across a wide area.
- Houses have been badly damaged in Cheviot.
The following statements were issued by Geonet:
A magnitude 7.5 severe earthquake has struck 15 km north-east of Culverden at 12:02am, Monday 14th November.
The magnitude 7.5 earthquake was 15 kilometres deep. The highest level of impact reported so far has been MMI8 (severe) this level of shaking includes people experiencing difficulty standing. Furniture and appliances shifting. Substantial damage to fragile or unsecured objects and a few weak buildings may be damaged. This level of shaking was reported via the GeoNet felt reports in the upper South Island and lower North Island.
The initial earthquake was felt widely throughout New Zealand. Currently, there are more than 15,000 Felt reports.There have already been many aftershocks recorded, the largest has a magnitude of 6.2.
MCDEM have issued a tsunami threat for the initial earthquake. Our tide guages at Kaikoura, Wellington, and Castlepoint have recorded this. Please follow advice regarding tsunami via the Civil Defence website – anyone at the coast on the East Coast of New Zealand move to higher ground.
Public ID: 2016p858000
Universal Time: November 13 2016, 11:02:56
NZ Daylight Time: Mon, Nov 14 2016, 12:02:56 am
Depth: 15 km
Location: 15 km north-east of Culverden
Latitude, Longitude -42.69, 173.02
CanterburyTsunami threat following Hamner Springs earthquake
Monday 14 Nov – 1:55 am
A tsunami has been generated. Waves are expected to arrive at the Chatham islands immediately – anyone in the Chathams should move to high ground urgently. The first wave has arrived in the North Eastern Coast of the South Island and it may arrive in Eastern Coast of the North and South Islands of New Zealand shorly (including Wellington, Christchurch and the Chatham Islands. The first wave may not be the largest. Waves may continue for several hours. Move inland or to higher ground immediately. People in coastal areas should: 1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) 2. Stay off beaches and shore areas 3. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities.