Did you feel the quake?
The 5.1 magnitude earthquake which shook Wellington last night was typical aftershock behaviour, says GNS.
The earthquake was felt across the lower North Island just after midnight this morning.
GeoNet reported the quake was at a depth of 16km, centred 35km east of Seddon.
GNS seismologist Anna Kaiser said an aftershock of this magnitude was expected, and did not change the probability of bigger quakes.
“It’s quite typical aftershock behaviour – you still get the odd five-magnitude earthquake at this point in the sequence,” Kaiser said.
“It might have a small effect [on earthquake probabilities], but it shouldn’t change anything much.”
The quake woke people from the Wellington and Marlborough regions. There were reports the quake was felt as far away as Auckland and Invercargill.
Those awoken felt minor shaking, followed by a more intense jolt, in the tremors lasting about 20-30 seconds.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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