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New Zealand Earthquakes

    Naturevolume 150page659 (1942) | Download Citation



    DURING August 1942, ten strong earthquakes were registered by the seismographs at Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Arapuni, New Plymouth and Tuai in New Zealand (Prov. Bull. No. P.126, New Zealand Seismological Report ; Dominion Observatory, Wellington, N. Z., 1942, August). The earthquake on August 1 was a local shock, namely, the Wairarapa Earthquake, and that on August 29 had an estimated depth of focus near 600 km. Altogether there were twenty-three local shocks felt in New Zealand during the month, of which by far the strongest was that on August 1 at about 12h. 34-1m. U. T. with epicentre near lat. 41.0° S., long. 175.8° E. This was felt from near Auckland to Dunedin and Queenstown, and in parts of Wairarapa had an intensity of rather more than 8 on the Rossi-Forel scale.

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