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Recent Earthquakes

Nature volume 158, page 784 (30 November 1946) | Download Citation



DURING August 1946, seven distant earthquakes were recorded in New Zealand, and twenty-three Were felt by persons in the Dominion. The greatest shocks has intensity 4 on the Modified Mercalli Scale, and ocourred on August 1 and 12 near Lake Coleridge, on August 12 near Wanganui and on August 21 in the central parts of North Island. The United States Coast and Geodetic Survey in co-operation with Science Service and the Jesuit Seismological Association determined the epicentres of two shocks on August 28. The first, at 22 hr. 26.3 min. G.M.T., was an aftershock of the destructive Dominican Republic earthquake of August 4 off Samana Peninsula, and the second, at 22 hr. 28.2 min. G.M.T., occurred in Northern Chile.

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