Late-night earthquake breaks GeoNet record

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 26 Jan 2020, 9:18AM
The 5.4 earthquake was felt by people across the country. (Photo / File)
The 5.4 earthquake was felt by people across the country. (Photo / File)

Late-night earthquake breaks GeoNet record

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 26 Jan 2020, 9:18AM

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake north-west off the coast of Paraparaumu has broken a GeoNet record for the most "felt reports" the agency has ever received for an earthquake.

The shake occurred yesterday at 11.45pm and was felt by more than 26,500 people from Christchurch to Auckland.

A person in Palmerston North said on Twitter they heard the the noise and then the house shook, "like a large freight train passing".

The central Fire and Emergency New Zealand service were not called to any reports of damage following the quake.

It was the second earthquake recorded off the West Coast of the North Island last night.

Just a few hours earlier a magnitude 4.7 earthquake with a 50km depth struck in the same area and was felt by more than 3700 people.

The 5.4 earthquake is now the record holder for the most "felt reports" GeoNet has ever received for a quake.

The previous record holder was the disastrous 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, when GeoNet received 15,840 felt reports.

During the 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake more than 20 faults were activated - 14 of which ruptured violently enough to displace land by more than a metre.