Recent Earthquakes


    DURING August 1944, five strong earthquakes were registered by the seismographs at the Dominion Observatory, Wellington, New Zealand. The first of these, on August 8, from an estimated epicentral distance from Wellington of a little more than 48°, had a depth of focus near 80 km. Those of August 15, 25 and 30 all had a depth of focus near 100 km. In addition, thirteen earthquakes and tremors originated in or near New Zealand during the month and were felt by people in the Dominion. The strongest of these, on August 16, was felt with intensity 5 on the modified Mercalli scale in the region of Kahurangi Point. Others with intensity 4 were in the southern part of North Island on August 14; on the west coast of the North Island—Wanganui—Wellington, on August 17; and in the Wairarapa and north Wellington region on August 26.

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