Quakes shake Auckland

Map showing felt responses in the greater Auckland area, plus a table showing the numbers of reports received.
Map showing quake epicentre and felt responses in the greater Auckland area. Source GeoNet.

Auckland was shaken yesterday afternoon by two earthquakes measuring magnitude 3.1 and 3.9, centred in the Hauraki Gulf about 15 km north-east of Auckland.

Even small scale quakes are rare in the region and geologists have reassured Aucklanders that larger quakes are unlikely.

GNS Science staff did not report any evidence that the quakes were linked to volcanic activity or were large enough to generate a tsunami.

While a record number of people completed online reports on the GeoNet site confirming they felt the quake, there was minimal damage reported.


National media coverage includes:

3 News: Auckland quakes not volcanic – GNS ||  NZ Herald: Two shakes, maybe more to come
NZ Herald: Quake rattles Auckland  ||  Yahoo! NZ News: No reports of damage following Auckland quakes
The Aucklander: Rare quake rattles Auckland  ||  Otago Daily Times: Auckland shaken by quake
TVNZ News: Auckland rattled by earthquakes  ||  Radio New Zealand: Auckland rocked by two quakes
3 News: Earthquakes shake Auckland  ||  Otago Daily Times: Auckland quakes sign of things to come?
Stuff.co.nz: Quakes rattle Auckland  ||  Radio NZ: Auckland quakes not linked to volcanic activity – GNS