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2008 Hastings earthquake

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2008 Hastings earthquake
2008 Hastings earthquake is located in New Zealand
2008 Hastings earthquake
UTC time2008-08-25 11:25:19
ISC event11207983
Local date25 August 2008 (2008-08-25)
Local time11:25 pm NZDT (UTC+13)
Magnitude5.9 ML
Depth30 kilometres (19 mi)
Epicenter39°43′S 176°51′E / 39.72°S 176.85°E / -39.72; 176.85Coordinates: 39°43′S 176°51′E / 39.72°S 176.85°E / -39.72; 176.85
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Areas affectedNew Zealand

The 2008 Hastings earthquake occurred near the New Zealand city of Hastings on 25 August at approximately 11.25 pm local time. The earthquake was centered 5 km south of Hastings, near Mount Erin, and measured 5.9 on the Richter scale and 5.5 on the moment magnitude scale. The earthquake had a depth of 30 kilometres. A total of 1,254 people reported feeling the earthquake on GeoNet, a New Zealand geological hazards monitoring website operated by GNS Science and the Earthquake Commission. Reports came in from as far north as Hamilton and as far south as Christchurch.The maximum perceived shaking was recorded as at least VII (intense) on the Mercalli intensity scale.[1] The Earthquake Commission, EQC, received 1380 claims for damage payout due to the earthquake, worth $5 million.[2] Three large aftershocks were reported following the earthquake; two measuring 3.4 and one measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale.

See also[edit]

  • List of earthquakes in 2008
  • List of earthquakes in New Zealand


  1. "Quakes". GeoNet.org.nz. 2008-08-25. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  2. "Earthquake Commission : New Zealand Government : 2008-09 Highlights" (PDF). Eqc.govt.nz. Retrieved 2016-06-17.

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