M 6.7 George Sound Tue, Oct 16 2007

The lower South Island once again felt the tremors from a large earthquake off the coast of Fiordland in the vicinity of George Sound. The magnitude 6.7 quake struck at 1:29 am on Tuesday 16 October.

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PublicID 2808298
UTC Time 2007-10-15T12:29:33Z
Latitude -44.74 (± 0.0 km)
Longitude 167.44 (± 0.0 km)
Depth 5 km (± 0 km)
Depth Type operator assigned
Earth Model nz1dr
Used Phase Count 32
Used Station Count 23
Standard Error 0.16 (s)
Azimuthal Gap 188.00 (degrees)
Minimum Distance 0.36 (degrees)


Type Magnitude Station Count
Preferred (Mw) 6.7  
ML 6.7 (± 0.3) 65
Mw 6.7 0

GeoNet combines magnitudes into a summary magnitude, M, which consists of a weighted average of the individual magnitudes and attempts to be a best possible compromise between all magnitudes for a range of earthquake sizes. Summary magnitude for GeoNet is then defined as:

M = (2 * MLv + (0.4 * number_of stations(Mw(mB)) - 1) * Mw(mB)) / (2 + (0.4 * number_of_stations(Mw(mB)) - 1))

Where MLv is local magnitude calculated on the vertical component and Mw(mB) is a Mw estimation based of mB by Bormann and Saul (2008).

Origin Map

Map of New Zealand.

Map showing stations with picks used to locate the earthquake. Stations with picks that have a zero weight in the solution are shown as small grey circles. Those with a higher weight are shown as larger circles. The quake is shown by the largest circle.

Pick Residuals

-4.0-3.0-2.0- (s)0246810Distance (degrees)Pick Residuals

Station Magnitudes (ML) (degrees)Station Magnitudes (ML)

Magnitude Residuals (ML)

- (degrees)Magnitude Residuals (ML)