2016 Te Araroa earthquake facts for kids
|Depth||22 km (14 mi)|
|Areas affected||New Zealand|
|Max. intensity||VI (Strong)|
|Tsunami||30 cm at East Cape and Great Barrier Island|
The 2016 Te Araroa earthquake was an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the moment magnitude scale that occurred at 04:37:55 NZST on 2 September 2016 (16:37:55 UTC 1 September). The epicentre was located 125 km (78 mi) north-east of Te Araroa off the East Cape of the North Island of New Zealand with a focal depth of 22 km (14 mi). The earthquake was widely felt throughout the North Island and in the upper South Island. There were no reported casualties, and buildings predominantly suffered only a little bit of damage.
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake was recorded at 10:04:35 NZST on 1 September 2016, one day prior to the main earthquake.
|1 September 2016||10:04:35||5.7||26 km (16 mi)||100 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.06||179.21|
A series of aftershocks followed the earthquake, the largest being a magnitude 6.2 earthquake which occurred at 05:15:05 NZST on 2 September. Dozens of smaller aftershocks were also recorded, with 18 measuring magnitude 5.0 or greater as of 4 November 2016. GeoNet forecast the probability of one or more additional aftershocks measuring between 6.0 and 6.9 as 32% for the month to 12 October while the probability of an earthquake greater than or equal to 7.0 was 4% for the same period.
|2 September 2016||04:37:55||7.1||22 km (14 mi)||125 km north-east of Te Araroa||-36.98||179.52|
|2 September 2016||04:48:05||5.2||17 km (11 mi)||85 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.00||178.93|
|2 September 2016||05:01:09||5.7||19 km (12 mi)||95 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.00||179.14|
|2 September 2016||05:14:05||6.2||20 km (12 mi)||110 km north-east of Te Araroa||−36.91||179.21|
|2 September 2016||05:34:27||5.1||26 km (16 mi)||95 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.13||179.23|
|2 September 2016||05:36:03||5.7||58 km (36 mi)||90 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.09||179.15|
|2 September 2016||07:18:28||5.8||18 km (11 mi)||90 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.05||179.10|
|2 September 2016||08:06:03||6.0||18 km (11 mi)||125 km east of Te Araroa||−37.14||179.66|
|3 September 2016||16:30:10||5.5||12 km (7.5 mi)||70 km east of Te Araroa||−37.36||179.11|
|3 September 2016||16:58:36||5.2||114 km (71 mi)||70 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.26||178.99|
|4 September 2016||01:30:26||5.5||18 km (11 mi)||65 km east of Te Araroa||−37.39||179.02|
|4 September 2016||18:19:42||5.0||32 km (20 mi)||95 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.12||179.25|
|5 September 2016||08:00:28||5.1||17 km (11 mi)||55 km east of Te Araroa||−37.41||178.96|
|6 September 2016||03:19:01||5.7||21 km (13 mi)||95 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.00||179.06|
|6 September 2016||05:01:58||5.3||19 km (12 mi)||95 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.00||179.08|
|15 September 2016||04:09:29||5.0||20 km (12 mi)||80 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.13||179.04|
|23 September 2016||17:56:27||5.1||22 km (14 mi)||65 km east of Te Araroa||−37.42||179.06|
|9 October 2016||08:41:16||5.8||7 km (4.3 mi)||75 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.08||178.89|
|4 November 2016||07:45:47||5.0||95 km (59 mi)||260 km north-east of Te Araroa||−35.98||−179.58|
|14 November 2016||04:42:45||5.1||10 km (6.2 mi)||120 km north-east of Te Araroa||−36.83||179.25|
|27 November 2016||13:18:39||5.1||61 km (38 mi)||105 km north-east of Te Araroa||−37.08||179.31|
Following the earthquake, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) issued a tsunami warning for parts of the north and east coasts of the North Island. Waves measuring 30 cm in height were recorded by tide gauges at East Cape and Great Barrier Island, and although the warning was later cancelled advisories remained in place for strong currents and abnormal sea level fluctuations.
While no injuries or significant damage occurred, a spokesperson for the Earthquake Commission said they had received 48 claims for damage compensation by 4:30 pm local time on the day of the earthquake. Damage was localised to coastal towns near the epicentre of the earthquake, including in Te Puia Springs where Puketiti Homestead and Stable, a Category 1 historic building, suffered damage to a chimney and fireplace.
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