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#277343 8-Oct-2020 22:23
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Who else felt it?

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  #2581667 8-Oct-2020 22:37
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Probably because it was centred in Wellington. Interestingly, we didn't feel/hear anything in our home in Jville.




 

 

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  #2581668 8-Oct-2020 22:38
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We did, sudden, strong and sharp. Then felt a very slight one like the earth moved so to speak. Hate them. I saw Ruapehu is in alert level 1 as is White Island.

 
 
 
 


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  #2581671 8-Oct-2020 22:44
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Was quite strong in T/Bay but over quickly (like 1 second)

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  #2581674 8-Oct-2020 22:49
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We on the South Coast watching the Tsunamis come in. Amazing how safety conscious you suddenly become. I’m charging the phones, finding the torches and candles. There have been six so far in Wellington area but weak. Hope that’s the end.

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  #2581676 8-Oct-2020 23:04
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I heard it coming here in Aotea, then the short sharp jolt.

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  #2581677 8-Oct-2020 23:06
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tanivula: I heard it coming here in Aotea, then the short sharp jolt.


You are just across the bay from me!

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  #2581682 9-Oct-2020 00:18
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There was another similar one in Porirua the other day. 3.6ish, 30km shallow. But a very short sharp shock.

 
 
 
 


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  #2581700 9-Oct-2020 06:05
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I heard it coming about five seconds before it hit, we felt a single short moderate jolt that woke my wife up. I live fairly close to freitasm who said about he didn't feel it.


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  #2581702 9-Oct-2020 06:26
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Eva888: We did, sudden, strong and sharp. Then felt a very slight one like the earth moved so to speak. Hate them. I saw Ruapehu is in alert level 1 as is White Island.

 

They usually are. That's just 'some' background volcanic activity, as opposed to nothing (ala Auckland, Rotorua). Ruapehu still has an active crater lake with heating cycles and White Island has been reasonably active for some time now. 

 

Ngaruahoe sometimes gets a bit of a wobble and moves up to L1 but hasn't done anything since the 1970s. 


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  #2581724 9-Oct-2020 07:30
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gehenna: There was another similar one in Porirua the other day. 3.6ish, 30km shallow. But a very short sharp shock.

 

Strangely I didn't feel that one, just like @freitasm didn't feel the one last night

 

Earthquakes are weird things


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  #2581750 9-Oct-2020 08:46
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I'm in Tawa - haven't felt any quakes.


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  #2581807 9-Oct-2020 10:27
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On the bright side, a series of little(ish) quakes means the fault is releasing the tension on it little by little. Its when it saves it all up for one big shake that bad things happen - on fault lines, no news is bad news!


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  #2581811 9-Oct-2020 10:40
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BlueShift:

 

On the bright side, a series of little(ish) quakes means the fault is releasing the tension on it little by little. Its when it saves it all up for one big shake that bad things happen - on fault lines, no news is bad news!

 

 

That's kind of optimistic in practice.

 

The energy released in one magnitude 8 quake is equivalent to the energy release of about 4 million magnitude 3.6 quakes. 

 

So if you had a magnitude 3.6 quake every hour for 400 years, that might release the stress equivalent to one magnitude 8 quake with a return period of about 400 years.  But it's not happening like that (even slow quakes elsewhere are just transferring stress to somewhere the fault is locked).


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