View Full Version : OT. Did the earth move for you?

Murray P
03-04-2004, 01:15 AM
Just got a series of quakes in Lower Hutt..no not the game, earthquakes. About 5 judders so far over 5 mins. Not real big here but the Hutt Valley floor normally wobbles rather than jolts. Hope everyones ok.

Cheers Murray P

03-04-2004, 01:21 AM
felt 1 small shudder at 12:12am in petone.

check the info at ww.gns.cri.nz

charts show a small mark my guess is that is was out to sea and far away.

03-04-2004, 01:26 AM
Felt it in wanganui.

Monitor had a bot of a wobble.

03-04-2004, 01:49 AM

Reference Number: 2208692/G
Universal Time: 2004 Apr 02 12:03
NZ Standard Time: 2004 Apr 03 00:03
Latitude, Longitude: 41.09S, 175.06E
Focal Depth: 30 km
Richter Magnitude: 3.9

Within 5 km of Upper Hutt
20 km north-east of Lower Hutt
20 km south of Paraparaumu
30 km north-east of Wellington

Likely to have been felt throughout Wellington

Murray P
03-04-2004, 01:49 AM
One within 5ks of Upper Hutt at 12:03am. whats TP up to then.

Cheers Murray P

03-04-2004, 02:41 AM
2 sharp jolts in wainuiomata very strong

03-04-2004, 03:03 AM
Western Suburbs of Wgtn were a shakin'

2208721NZST: 2004 Apr 03 01:20
Mag.: 3.8 Depth: 30 km
Within 5 km of Upper Hutt

2208708NZST: 2004 Apr 03 00:46
Mag.: 3.4 Depth: 25 km
Within 5 km of Upper Hutt

2208710NZST: 2004 Apr 03 00:10
Mag.: 4.6 Depth: 30 km
Within 5 km of Upper Hutt

2208693NZST: 2004 Apr 03 00:09
Mag.: 4.6 Depth: 25 km
Within 5 km of Upper Hutt

2208692NZST: 2004 Apr 03 00:03
Mag.: 3.9 Depth: 30 km
Within 5 km of Upper Hutt

03-04-2004, 03:32 AM
Did it destroy parliament???


Steve Askew
03-04-2004, 08:01 AM
> One within 5ks of Upper Hutt at 12:03am. whats TP up
> to then.
> Cheers Murray P

That explains why one of my kids woke just after midnight.
My house is situated about 40 metres away from the main faultline at the northern end of Upper hutt. :-(
Terry's house is a bit safer, I'd say about 500metres away in a straight line.


Tom McB
03-04-2004, 09:55 AM
No, but it shifted the fridge 10mm askew. Not that I'm the type who would keep an eye on those things while taking out the milk...
Hmmm, a shuddering fridge race might be interesting if one can ignore the chaos going on.

Dolby Digital
03-04-2004, 10:52 AM
>>Did the earth move for you?
Umm... no... but I did feel the earthquakes :D

Susan B
03-04-2004, 11:09 AM
> Did the earth move for you?

Umm.... Yes. B-) :8}

Didn't feel any earthquakes though. :p :D

Terry Porritt
03-04-2004, 12:02 PM
In actual fact we are almost on the old Akatarawa fault line, which is the river bed.
I thought it was pretty near, and it felt shallow, dont ask me why I thought that.

I only really felt one jolt, the others seemed to be just sound, we have had stronger ones :)

Dolby Digital
03-04-2004, 12:18 PM
>>Umm.... Yes.
Lucky so and so.

You Cantabians (um... people that live in Canterbury) probably get more than us up here!

03-04-2004, 12:36 PM
Swarm of quakes felt near Capital (http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/default.asp?id=38245)

Earthquakes ranging from 3.9 to 4.6 on Richter felt near Wgtn just after midnight, no damage but a flood of 111 calls

3 April 2004

A shaky night, but there are no reports of damage in the Wellington region.

Five small earthquakes struck in quick succession overnight.

They stared just after midnight with a jolt measuring 3.9 on the Richter Scale.

Two stronger tremors, both measuring 4.6, followed just a few seconds apart.

Two more came in the space of an hour, measuring 3.4 and 3.8.

The epicentre of the cluster was within five kilometres of Upper Hutt.

Seismologist Martin Reyners says the quakes were recorded at a depth of 25 to 30 kilometres, which puts them on the Pacific Plate that dives underneath Wellington.

He says that although he would not call them big earthquakes, they certainly made their presence felt, especially being close to an urban area.

Emergency services took several 111 calls with reports of a shuddering feeling, while Newstalk ZB overnight host James King received a flood of calls, including from one man who said the light in his kitchen fell out of its fitting.

2004 NZCity, IRN

03-04-2004, 01:31 PM
being a cantabrian, i didn't feel anything. The last one i felt was about 7 years ago

Murray P
03-04-2004, 02:42 PM
> being a cantabrian, i didn't feel anything. The last
> one i felt was about 7 years ago

You poor sod, 7 years is a long time :(. You might like to ask Susan B what her secret is. I'm sure she will be only too willing to share her success :D.

Cheers Murray P

Graham L
03-04-2004, 03:47 PM
I suppose after nearly 150 years it's time the land settled back, so ships can moor again on Lambton Quay. A suitable bit of seismicity could stop the arguments about a different road into Wellington. There used to be a way to the Wairarapa along the east coast before 1855. :D

03-04-2004, 04:11 PM
Ha some of us were actually asleep....... a most unusual thing at this hour?
or at what ever hour it was?

and as this is a Family Forum.........

Susan B so there's no truth in the not tonight dear ...story as i have a headache????


and as i am of the opinion that the earth moves all the time...i just dont have the time to slow down and notice it.....:p
it would have had to be pretty large for the hibernating beetle to feel it...

which i definitly didnt....... i sleep well it seems.



Murray P
03-04-2004, 06:10 PM
> There used to be a way to the Wairarapa along the
> east coast before 1855. :D

There still is Graham. It's a multi lane road that started way back before adam was a cowboy. Some people will like to tell you that there is a series of stranded beaches around the coast, each one depicting a time of high activity in the earths crust with the higher ones being older. Don't believe a word of it. It's actually a grand plan to provide coastal routes right around NZ. Just taking a bit longer to get the finishing touches built than we thought back in 1855. Mind you, it'll be faster than Transfund and Transit will ever be able to pull their collective fingers out. The little rumbles the other night were the beginnings of the Akatawara extension to River Rd in Upper Hutt through to Otaki.

BTW, it's a very pleasant walk on the Welley to Wairarapa coastal Rd when there's a nice southerly zephyr plucking at the wave tops.

Cheers Murray ;P