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‘Severe’ Earthquake Rattles New Zealand

Posted by feww on November 17, 2014

SCENARIOS 700, 500, 09, 08, 07, 02

M6.7 Quake Strikes Near North Island New Zealand

Centered at 37.682°S, 179.685°E the quake struck offshore at a depth of 22.0km (13.7mi), said USGS/EHP.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]
Magnitude: 6.7Mw
Event Time: 2014-11-16 22:33:20 UTC
Location: 37.682°S 179.685°E depth=22.0km (13.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 182km (113mi) NE of Gisborne, New Zealand
  • 239km (149mi) E of Whakatane, New Zealand
  • 306km (190mi) E of Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 581km (361mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

Tsunami Evaluation

Small tsunami waves were generated, but they posed no threat to the coastal areas.


A resident in the town of Whakatane, located about 240km from the epicenter, described the quake as the “worst” she’d felt in a long time.

“[The] floor moved under me, vertical blinds really swayed, [it] went on for several minutes.”

EQ Deatils [Local Agency]
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 31 km
Location: 37.65°S, 179.87°E (155 km east of Te Araroa)

Other Significant Seismicity
M6.1 – 245km SW of Gizo, Solomon Islands
Event Time: 2014-11-17 01:06:00 UTC
Location: 9.553°S 155.151°E depth=25.2km (15.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 371km (231mi) S of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  • 526km (327mi) E of Alotau, Papua New Guinea
  • 527km (327mi) W of Honiara, Solomon Islands
  • 657km (408mi) SSE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

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New Zealand Earthquake Damage Estimate

Posted by feww on July 24, 2013

Credit Suisse says the cost would be less than US$1 billion

[A billion here, 10 billion there, and pretty soon…]

“Sunday’s magnitude 6.5 earthquake, centered in Cook Strait, released energy equivalent to 100 nuclear bombs of the size which devastated Hiroshima,” said NZ scientists.

[Before FIRE-EARTH using Hiroshima atom bomb as a unit of measuring destructive energy for a visualization of  stress energy released by earthquakes no one else had made the comparison. Now everyone and their uncle copy the blog.]

Credit Suisse has estimated the cost of Sunday night’s quake in Cook Strait to be below US$1 billion ($1.3 billion), according to the Insurance Council of New Zealand.

[NZ may well prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s bank!]

BNZ's Harbour Quay building
The dealing room in BNZ’s Harbour Quay building following Sunday’s M6.5 quake. The building will remain closed until further notice. Image: BNZ via Stuff New Zealand.

“Damage in Wellington has been limited largely to burst pipes, some internal damage to buildings and superficial structural damage. Cordons were still up in Featherston St today because of the dangers of loose masonry and glass.

“The Marlborough town of Seddon was also affected by the quake, with cracks opening up in a dam built on Starborough Creek which flows through the township about 15km away. The dam held 250,000 tonnes of water, being slowly released under an emergency action plan, and was not considered a threat to people living below.

“Out of the 2500 buildings in Wellington’s CBD, much of the area on reclaimed land, 35 were found to have external damage,” said the report.

NZ Quake Links:

On June 13, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:

As if by a massive irony, your most populated cities are situated right above geological nightmares–a fact that your government scientists don’t know, or won’t tell you.

On March 4, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:

Our advice to YOU and all intelligent people in Wellington area
1. There’s a frighteningly large buildup of tectonic stress energy right under your feet.
2. RUN while you’re still alive, before the next exodus bottleneck makes it impossible to flee the danger zone.
For additional FIRE-EARTH comments on NZ seismic hazards, see also

To New Zealand PM and his censorship psychos:

We haven’t started laughing yet, but it’s getting increasingly more difficult to hold back the giggles.

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Italy Scientists Convicted Over Quake Warning Failure

Posted by feww on October 23, 2012


[October 23, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,236 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History


Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Italy quake scientists guilty of manslaughter

Six scientists and a government official were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 6 years in prison by an Italian court for failing to give adequate warning of the 2009 deadly earthquake in L’Aquila that killed at least 309 people,  left more than a thousand injured  and destroyed tens of thousands of homes and other buildings.

  • The prosecutors successfully argued that the experts had had provided “incomplete, imprecise and contradictory” statements, despite the warning signs, “playing down the threat of a repeat of the earthquakes which wrecked the town in 1349, 1461 and 1703, saying the smaller shocks were a ‘normal geological phenomenon,'” said a report.
  • The prosecution had accused the seven, all members of a body called the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks, “of negligence and malpractice in evaluating the danger and keeping the central city informed of the risks,” the report said.
  • The Commission had met on March 31, 2009, a few days before the M6.3 earthquake struck, but failed to provide adequate information on the dangers despite clusters of low-level tremors that occurred the region in the months preceding the deadly quake.
  • In addition to their sentences, the Commission members have been barred from ever holding public office again, La Repubblica reported.
  • It remains to be seen whether the justice systems in the U.S., Japan and New Zealand, among other countries, would bring similar action against their scientists and officials for failing to warn the public about the deadly earthquakes and tsunami that have occurred in those countries.
  • Any expert who asserts earthquakes were “inherently unpredictable” should not be allowed to hold office, or teach science. [All of the above, of course, is academic now.]

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12 Earthquakes Rattle Entire New Zealand

Posted by feww on March 11, 2011

A Dozen Quakes Strike All Around New Zealand Today

The following image shows the approximate locations of today’s first 12 earthquakes which have struck around New Zealand’s twin islands, as of posting.

Source: GeoNet New Zealand. Image may be subject to copyright.

Largest of the  quakes was a magnitude 4.5 shock which struck about 140km west of Tuatapere at a depth of 12km today [Friday, Mar 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm local time,] according to GeoNet website.

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Tasman Glacier Ice Break – Satellite Image

Posted by feww on March 4, 2011

New Zealand Earthquake Shakes Ice from Tasman Glacier

The New Zealand earthquake which struck Christchurch  on February 22, 2011, also broke a 27 million ton chunk of ice off the Tasman Glacier. A false-color image of the glacier and surrounding area taken by ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite on March 2, shows the calved iceberg, which broke into smaller pieces as it fell into the water, at the far end of the lake. Plant-covered land is red. The dirt-covered glacier is dark brown, ditto the exposed rocks. White shows the snow on the mountain tops to the west; the river and lake are silver. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.

State of New Zealand Glaciers

Owing to human-induced climate change, triggered by destructive activities like tourism, intensive industrial farming… , Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier, is retreating by about 1 meter per day.

New Zealand’s Southern Alps Glaciers have lost about 15 percent of their volume in the last three decades.

Glaciers in the New Zealand Alps, showing major retreat between 1990 to 2000.  Whereas Tasman Glacier had no terminal lake in 1973,  by 2008 it formed the Tasman Lake measuring 7 km long, 2 km wide and more than 250m deep. Images by NASA.

New Zealand Earthquake Update

“Up to 100 of the victims could be from as many as 20 countries. The collapsed Canterbury TV building contained dozens of foreign language students at the private training school King’s Education.” Source

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New Zealand Earthquake UPDATE Feb 25

Posted by feww on February 25, 2011

Quake death toll at 113 and rising

NZ Police Names Two More Victims, as 228 Others Remain Missing

Terrestrial meteor scores a direct hit

A hole created by a giant boulder which crashed through a house during Tuesday’s earthquake, is seen near Lyttelton in this image by AP Photo’s Mark Baker, via Image may be subject to copyright.

Unbelievable Larceny

Police have made at least a dozen arrests for looting, including two people who stole vital rescue equipment and generators.

“Worst Type of News”

NZ Foreign Minister has warned families of foreign visitors and overseas students who are still missing in the rubble of Tuesday’s deadly Christchurch earthquake to prepare for the “worst type of news.”

Of the 113 people confirmed dead so far, at least 20 are said to be foreigners, while many of the missing hundreds are also from overseas.

Pathetic Police Comment

“Police have corrected the age of one of the deceased identified yesterday. Jayden Harris was 8 months old when he died in the earthquake, not 9 months as first reported. Police regret any distress caused by this error.” Source.

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New Zealand Earthquake UPDATE Feb 24

Posted by feww on February 24, 2011

Christchurch Quake Casualties


UPDATE Posted at 06:30UTC February 24, 2011

NZ police has just released the names of only four of the 98 people confirmed dead in the Christchurch earthquake:

Joseph Tehau Pohio (40); Jaime Robert McDowell Gilbert (22); Jayden Harris (9 months); Baxter Gowland (5 months)

War Zone: Christchurch loses its second battle against nature

The Canterbury Television building in Christchurch, February 24, 2011. Photo credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

In Christchurch Quake: NZ govt Doctoring the Figures, posted earlier today, Te2ataria said:

NZ govt is up to its dirty old tricks again, doctoring the quake fatality figures

Here’s a summary

  • Confirmed dead:  76 souls
  • Missing: Up to 238 people [actual figure may be as high as 500]
  • Seriously injured: 200
  • Total no of injured: up to 3,000
  • Police say 22 more bodies  are inside Christchurch’s Cathedral Square
  • Police said they will release a list of the dead and missing at 4.00pm (our time).
  • Police changed its **** mind saying they will release a list of the dead and missing at 6.00pm
  • The Fat Police Minister said: “We’ve got 76 at the morgue at the moment and more coming through.” [She didn’t say how many more.]

In line with New Zealand government policy of news blackout, two Japanese journalists were arrested last night when they tried to interview earthquake victims  in Christchurch Hospital.

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Two Significant ‘Foreshocks’ Strike Christchurch, NZ

Posted by feww on February 22, 2011

Strong Foreshocks Measuring 6.4 and 5.7Mw Rattle Christchurch, NZ: Report

The following are preliminary details of the shocks as recorded by GFZ Potsdam Earthquake Bulletin

The first shock measuring 6.4Mw was followed by a less powerful event measuring 5.7Mw about 11 minutes later. Both events occurred at a depth of about 5km, the report indicates.

The quakes occurred about 10km SE of Christchurch [ in the middle of the Lyttelton harbor,] NZ’s second largest city.

Event No. 1

GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
Region: South Island, New Zealand
Time: 2011-02-21 23:51:44.5 UTC
Magnitude: 6.4
Epicenter: 172.83°E 43.40°S
Depth: 5 km
Status: automatic

© Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum – GFZ

Event No. 2

GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
Region: South Island, New Zealand
Time: 2011-02-22 00:04:20.8 UTC
Magnitude: 5.7
Epicenter: 172.68°E 43.52°S
Depth: 5 km
Status: automatic

There are reports of buildings collapsing with possible fatalities,  media reported. The Christchurch Hospital is being evacuated.

“But Twitter users have reported feeling the quake as far as Wellington and Dunedin, with the violent episode lasting at least a minute and rocking buildings,” a report said.

A photo posted by gavb online showing damage at Sumner. Photo credit: Twitpic (via Herald Sun)

Christchurch Cathedral didn’t make it this time. ( Tess Woolcock)

USGS reported the shocks as measuring 6.3Mw and 5.6Mw, and listed the following details:

Event #1

  • Magnitude: 6.3
  • Date-Time:
    • Monday, February 21, 2011 at 23:51:42 UTC
    • Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:51:42 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 43.513°S, 172.638°E   (Later revised to 43.600°S, 172.710°E)
  • Depth: 4 km (2.5 miles)
  • Distances (NEAR Christchurch, New Zealand)
    • 215 km (135 miles) SSE of Westport, New Zealand
    • 305 km (190 miles) SW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
    • 315 km (195 miles) NNE of Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 13.9 km (8.6 miles); depth +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: usb0001igm

Event #2

  • Magnitude: 5.6
  • Date-Time: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 00:04:18 UTC
  • Location: 43.580°S, 172.798°E
  • Depth: 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
  • Distances: 10 km (5 miles) ESE of Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 13 km (8.1 miles); depth +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles)

FIRE-EARTH has previously posted specific advice concerning the threat of seismic hazards to New Zealand. [Ask NZ Govt and Google why they buried the information.]

Excerpts from Local News Reports:

  • “The Christchurch police central police station has been evacuated, the airport has been closed and there are reports of collapses of many buildings, including a church in the central city.” Source
  • “Damage in the city is severe. There are reports of bodies being pulled from a bus in Columbo Street.” Source
  • “Multiple fatalities have been reported at several locations in the central city, including two buses crushed by falling buildings,” the police website said.

Major earthquake in Christchurch

22 February, 2011 – 13:55

A major earthquake in Christchurch at 12.51pm has caused widespread damage and injury.

The central city is currently being evacuated as reports are received of widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure.

Multiple fatalities have been reported at several locations in the central city, including two buses crushed by falling buildings. A doctor and emergency services are attending.

Other reports include multiple building collapses, fires in buildings in the central and persons reported trapped in buildings.

All available police staff are assisting with evacuations and emergency responses.

Christchurch Hospital is not evacuated and is in operation. No injuries reported at Christchurch Airport.

Defence forces have been called in to assist.


Triage centres have been established for people with injuries at:

– Latimer Square, Central City
– Spotlight Mall, Sydenham
– Sanitarium, Papanui

Police advise that people who have evacuated their homes or buildings should report to their nearest Civil Defence sector post – usually schools.

Further updates will be issued as available.

A media briefing will be advised as soon as possible later today. ENDS

Stephen Hill, Police District Communications Manager
Mob. 027 4363701  — MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: Cellphone services may be unavailable.

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Powerful 7.8 M Quake Strikes New Zealand Region

Posted by feww on July 15, 2009

Magnitude 7.8 M Earthquake Strikes Off West Coast of South Island, New Zealand

A powerful earthquake measuring magnitude 7.8 occurred off west coast of South Island, New Zealand, about 150 km  WNW of Invercargill, at 09:22:32 UTC, USGS reported.

The mainshock, which occurred at a depth of 35 km, was followed by a large aftershock measuring 5.8 Mw some 20 km WSW of the mainshock about 20 minutes later. [Location, 45.991°S, 166.238°E; depth, 35km; event ID, us2009jcat/USGS]

The aftershock was reported as measuring 6.1 on Richter scale, and at a depth of 5km, by New Zealand’s GNS Science Earthquake Information.

FEWW EarthModel simulations suggest the latest earthquakes may well be a prelude to an extended period of intense, likely catastrophic, seismic and volcanic activities in the New Zealand region. Lots of ‘fireworks’ may follow.  [See links below for forecasts and travel advisories.]

On May 9, 2009, FEWW Moderators issued the following warning to tourists planning to visit New Zealand:

A Warning to Visitors to New Zealand:

Climatological and Geological Warning! The New Zealand region is about to experience significant climatological events and large-scale geological and tectonic activity over an extensive period of time. Would be visitors are advised to stay out of the area for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s Alpine Fault – Source: Stuff NZ. Image may be subject to copyright. SEE Fair Use Notice!

What the local experts said

It’s interesting and quite comforting [sic] to note, as our colleague TERRES pointed out earlier, the local experts had assured New Zealanders “there was no cause for worry,”  and that the frequent quakes earlier this year were not “leading up to the ‘big one.'”

10-degree Map Centered at 45°S,165°E

NZSI- us2009jcap
Earthquake Location. Original Map: USGS EHP

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 7.8
  • Date-Time:
    • Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 09:22:32 UTC
    • Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 08:22:32 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 45.721°S, 166.643°E
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
  • Distances:
    • 150 km (95 miles) WNW of Invercargill, New Zealand
    • 175 km (110 miles) WSW of Queenstown, New Zealand
    • 300 km (185 miles) W of Dunedin, New Zealand
    • 825 km (510 miles) SW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 11.1 km (6.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
  • Parameters: NST= 44, Nph= 44, Dmin=322.8 km, Rmss=1.58 sec, Gp= 54°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2009jcap

Seismic Hazard Map [USGS]

Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

pop-expo est

Population exposure estimates are NOT a direct estimate of earthquake damage; comparable shaking will result in significantly lower losses in regions with well built structures than in regions with vulnerable structures. [USGS]


On September 30, 2008, FEWW wrote:

Magnitude 7 Earthquake Hits Kermadec Islands

Implication for New Zealand Islands:

  • A substantial increase in the frequency of earthquake striking the twin islands.
  • More earthquakes with magnitude 6 or larger.
  • A marked increased in large explosive volcanic eruptions, especially in the following zones [also includes ‘extinct’ volcanoes]
    • Taupo Volcanic Zone
    • Bombay Hills
    • Auckland volcanic field
    • Mount Taranaki
    • Mt Horrible volcano
    • Mount Taranaki
    • Mount Cargill

Worst Case Condition for New Zealand Islands:

Will a magnitude 9.8 (MW) earthquake centered at 42° 00′ 59″ South, 175° 05′ 07″ East herald the end of New Zealand Islands?

  • Large earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions could potentially destroy much of New Zealand structures and claim many lives.
  • Earthquake and volcano-triggered waves could also give rise to 40 to 50-meter tsunami that would engulf the coastal areas and low-lying lands throughout New Zealand [could also affect parts of Australia’s eastern seaboard,] compounding the damage.
  • A super/mega colossal Plinian/Ultra-Plinian eruption occurring in New Zealand’s North Island simultaneously [or within a short period of time] with a magnitude 9.8 earthquake off the eastern coast of New Zealand could claim many lives.
  • Probability of occurrence:
    1. Event 1.  A magnitude 9.8 earthquake striking off the eastern coast of New Zealand with (i) the foreshocks ripping through Auckland, Hamilton, Taupo areas, (ii) the mainshock leveling Wellington, Palmerstone North, Marlborough, Nelson and Christchurch, and (iii) the aftershock causing substantial damage as far south as Invercargill: 85%
    2. Event 2. A super/ mega colossal Plinian/Ultra-Plinian eruption in the North Island: 72%  [South Island: 57%]
    3. Event 1 and Event 2 occurring simultaneously, or within a short period of time: 64 %

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