Earthquake Hits the North Island of New Zealand

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On Nov. 1, 2015, at 05:42 UTC, an earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude (M) hit New Zealand’s North Island. The epicenter was 54.7 km deep. Coordinates of the tremor are 39.414ºS 175.945ºE.

The Tremor Occurred Near the Following Cities:

25 km ENE of Waiouru, New Zealand
79 km E of Taradale, New Zealand
81 km WNW of Hastings. New Zealand
82 km D of Taupo, New Zealand
240 km NNE of Wellington, New Zealand

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australian Plate

The eastern margin of the Australian plate is one of the most seismically active areas in the world. This is due to the tremendous rates of convergence between the Pacific and Australian plates. In the area of New Zealand, there is a 3,000 km long Australia-Pacific plate boundary that stretches from the south of Macquarie Island to the southern Kermadec Island chain. The Australia-Pacific convergence rates move northward from 60 mm per year at the southern Kermadec trench to 90 mm per year at the northern Tonga trench.

There is no current information regarding damage or warnings associated with this earthquake. However, the Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to report on this earthquake and the region. If there are any changes, this page will be updated.

By Cathy Milne
Edited by Leigh Haugh

USGS: M5.3 – 25km ENE of Waiouru, New Zealand
Image Courtesy of Cat Burton’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License