Widely felt earthquake shakes central New Zealand - and breaks felt record!

Published: Sun Jan 26 2020 1:12 AM

A M5.4 earthquake occurred at 11:45pm on Saturday the 25th of January and was felt by over 26,500 people from Christchurch up to Auckland.

Felt Reports for the event at as 12:40AM

Felt Reports for the event at as 12:40AM

The earthquake was the second event recorded off the West Coast of the North Island this evening, the first a M4.7 earthquake of 50km depth, occurred at 7:27pm and was felt by more than 3700 people. Before this M5.4 earthquake, at 64km.

This event was too small to cause a tsunami threat to New Zealand. Earthquakes in this region are fairly common with mechanisms likely associated with subduction tectonics.

This event is also now a record holder with the most felt reports we have ever received for an earthquake. Our previous record holder was the M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake with 15,840 felt reports.

Remember in an earthquake to Drop, Cover and Hold

Drop, Cover and Hold

Drop, Cover and Hold

And if you feel a long or strong earthquake, or receive a tsunami warning alert, get to higher ground immediately.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have a great website with information on what to do before, during and after an earthquake. And the Earthquake Commission (EQC) have a helpful website with information on how to get your home, apartment, or rental prepared for a natural disaster.

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