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Auckland Earthquake 17/03/13: Biggest since 2007!

Auckland has been rattled by two light earthquakes today (17/03/13). The epicenter is located 15 km north-east of Auckland, New Zealand.


Update 06:05 UTC
This earthquake is getting huge place on social networks mainly on Facebook and Twitter. Kerry Sorensen-Tyrer from Auckland has commented on our facebook page  as "Super tiny quake - so don't worry!!!! I think it's being over dramatized!" In another comment she has added "Why is this being posted on this site - when it was not a disaster - this site should be kept for true disasters and not ones that we're all having a laugh about - as is the case here in akld!!
That's true that the earthquake is over dramatized. The earthquake is not large and it is certain that it wouldn't cause major damage but this type of earthquakes are rare in Auckland. There are only 36 earthquakes in Auckland greater than magnitude three since 1830! ... data is enough to show why people reacting so much!!

Update 05:45 UTC
-It is the biggest earthquake in Auckland since February 2007.
-Tremors lasted from 30 second to half a minute.
-Looking Auckland earthquake history and other reports, earthquakes are felt on average every three to five years in Auckland. There are only 36 earthquakes in Auckland greater than magnitude three since 1830! Did you feel this earthquake? Kindly comment below.
About 2007 Auckland earthquake:
-Magnitude 4.5 earthquake was recorded in Auckland in 2007. Three light to moderate earthquakes were recorded within three hours.
-It was the largest earthquake in Auckland since 1970!
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Two light earthquakes have shaken New Zealand today with epicenter located 15 km north-east of Auckland. A magnitude 3.1 hit Auckland which was followed by another earthquake five minutes later with magnitude 3.9. Later quake struck at 4.05pm at a depth of 6 km.

According to Geo Net both earthquakes have the epicenter in the middle of Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf, near the volcanic island of Rangitoto.

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Tremors were well felt in Albany, Auckland, Devonport, Meadowbank, Pinehill, Glendene, Stonefields, Howick, Massey, Mangere, Oteha, Manukau, Pakuranga, Takapuna and Weymouth.

Minor damage has been reported. Details yet to come.

About 20,000 earthquakes are recorded each year in New Zealand.

Photo: Epicenter map of Auckland earthquake 2013; Geo Net

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 17, 2013

Are you from this area? Or are you familiar with this natural disaster? Kindly write your experience in a few sentence in the comment box below.


  1. It is the strongest I have ever felt in Auckland! SCARYYY

  2. Does this mean we are to expect more ?

  3. Don't know why we are reacting so much! It is minor.... But hope not more ..

  4. More coming... major ones
    -Italian Ecologist, Lure De Bas


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