Twin M6.0 earthquakes hit off Kermadec, New Zealand within 12 hours – Ghost quakes rattle NZ North Island

‘Ghost’ quakes hit central North Island after 2 M6.0 earthquakes hit Kermadec within 12 hours.

A 4.7 magnitude and a 5.4 magnitude quakes registered near Taupo turned out to be a seismic wave from the Kermadec Islands.

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A 4.7 magnitude quake registered near Taupo turned out to be a ghost quake or a seismic wave from the Kermadec Islands M6.0 earthquake. via NZ Herald

For a fleeting few minutes, it appeared the East Coast of New Zealand had been rocked by a cluster of earthquakes.

The GeoNet website recorded a 5.4 magnitude quake at 7.04pm, some 120km north of Te Araroa, wich was followed two minutes later by a 4.7 magnitude quake striking 55km south-east of Taupo. The first quake was reportedly 6km deep and was felt as far away as Auckland and Wellington.Finally, another 3.3 magnitude quake hit 5km deep near Te Kaha at 7.22pm.

But the so-called quakes were quickly deleted from the site and GeoNet tweeted that a 6.0 earthquake in the Kermadecs had caused “ghost quakes”.

The real quake hit just after 7pm around 100km south of Raoul Island, one of four islands in the Kermadecs.

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M6.0 earthquakes that hit Kermadec, New Zealand on June 29 2017. via USGS

A 6.0 magnitude quake also hit the area last night.

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M6.0 earthquke that hit off Kermadec Islands on June 28, 2017. via USGS

But the dozens of people in New Zealand who reported feeling the shakes this evening weren’t imagining things. GeoNet seismologist Dr Bill Fry said the seismic waves from the Kermadecs would have been felt here.

Kermadec is prone to earthquakes – it actually represents one of the biggest hazards to New Zealand.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Uh Oh. Dutchtard is going to go on tilt again with his tin foil hat beliefs that formal agencies have designated desks set up to hide/alter/limit data in order to upset his dullardism. But at least they know how to calculate a median and mean value of all recorded sensors, rather than tossing the values that are inconvenient and then guessing at the magnitude value in order to achieve the desired result. For someone who cannot employ the very basic tenets of physics, ol’ Dutchtard congers his prognostications without any model or causal data. He merely observes, changes what is contrary to his blather, and ascribes the cause to rotating plasma balls or the “fact” that “it has always happened this way before”, and then sprinkles the word “science” about liberally which must make true scientists and engineers writhe in agony. If you were to take 15 years of reported data for 12 high activity earthquake regions, and generate a frequency interval by seven day time periods vs. magnitude (as I have done), one might find that 84.7% of all events in these regions occur within one standard deviation of the selected mean magnitude during the time interval. It is certainly not predictive, particularly given the size of the regions, but it does illustrate how these areas are very repeatable in events. And, if you were to extract the sensor data from just California, Texas and Oklahoma for those areas within 50 miles of current fracking operations, but data from the pre-fracking operations, one might find that there has been no discernible change in either frequency or magnitude values in these regions; this data was taken from 1961 which is the earliest year that Oklahoma seismic values were formally recorded.

    Much love Dutch, donate to funding accounts and imbue the name of science for your nonsense if you choose. But don’t expect those of us with a true scientific background through education and application, unlike your grandiose high school pinnacle, to take you seriously and not call you out for the utter nonsense you publish.

  2. […] For a fleeting few minutes, it appeared the East Coast of New Zealand had been rocked by a cluster of earthquakes. The GeoNet website recorded a 5.4 magnitude quake at 7.04pm, some 120km north of Te Araroa, wich was followed two minutes later by a 4.7 magnitude quake striking 55km southeast of Taupo. The first quake was reportedly 6km deep and was felt as far away as Auckland and Wellington.Finally, another 3.3 magnitude quake hit 5km deep near Te Kaha at 7.22pm. But the so-called quakes were quickly deleted from the site and GeoNet tweeted that a 6.0 earthquake in the Kermadecs had caused “ghost quakes”. FULL STORY […]

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