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2018 Taumarunui earthquake
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UTC time 2018-10-30 2:13:00
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ISC event
USGS-ANSS ComCat
Local date 30 October 2018
Local time 3:13 PM NZT
Magnitude 6.2 Mw, 6.5 ML[1]
Depth 207 kilometres (129 mi)[1]
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25 kilometres (16 mi) south-west of Taumarunui[1]
Areas affected New Zealand
Tsunami None[2]
Casualties unknown

On 30 October 2018, at 3:13 pm NZT (2:13 am UTC), a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck New Zealand's North Island, with an epicentre near Taumarunui.[1] The earthquake was felt throughout the country,[2] with some of the strongest shaking felt in Wellington and Christchurch,[3] both hundreds of kilometers from the epicentre.

There were no reports of damage.[2] A sitting of the New Zealand Parliament was suspended for approximately one hour until buildings were checked for damage.[4] Public rail services in and around Wellington were delayed due to precautions taken after the earthquake,[5][2] and flights into Wellington International Airport were required to enter a holding pattern while the runway was checked.[6]

The hypocentre of the earthquake was unusually deep,[7] which resulted in greater effects at a distance from the epicentre than at the epicentre itself.[8] The characteristics of the earthquake were similar to those of the 2012 Opunake earthquake,[7] which was also felt throughout much of New Zealand.[9] The depth of the earthquake and its location away from the coast prevented a tsunami from forming.[7]

The earthquake was widely reported by tabloids in the United Kingdom, due to the visit of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex to New Zealand at the time.[10] However, neither of the visiting royals felt the earthquake, according to a New Zealand government spokesperson.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Quake - 2018p816466". GNS Science. Retrieved 30 October 2018 – via GeoNet. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Strong earthquake felt across central New Zealand". Radio New Zealand. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "New Zealand earthquake: 6.2-magnitude shake halts parliament". The Guardian. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018. 
  4. "Live: Magnitude 6.2 earthquake shakes New Zealand: Felt widely in Wellington, North Island, South Island". New Zealand Herald. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018. 
  5. "5.30pm Update: Rail services continue to run with delays up to 38 minutes following the recent earthquake". Greater Wellington Regional Council. 30 October 2018. Archived from the original on 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018. 
  6. "Taumarunui earthquake temporarily impacts flights into Wellington". New Zealand Herald. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Large, deep M6.2 earthquake has struck Central North Island". GNS Science. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018 – via GeoNet. 
  8. "Why are the felt reports so far from the earthquake's epicentre?". GNS Science. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018 – via GeoNet. 
  9. "Quake - 2012p498491". GNS Science. Retrieved 30 October 2018 – via GeoNet. 
  10. "Royal rumble: British tabloids go crazy over Harry and Meghan being in NZ during earthquake". New Zealand Herald. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 30 October 2018. 

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