Last Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Earthquake in Dunedin today is strongest in 41 years


Magnitude 4.7 earthquake in Dunedin today, that rocked parts of Otago, is believed to be the strongest tremor experienced in the region in 41 years.

The last earthquake in Dunedin to cause damage was a Richter scale magnitude 5 quake just off Dunedin on April 9, 1974.
 
According to GeoNet, the quake's epicenter was located 30 km west of Dunedin. It was 4.3 miles deep. The jolt was originally recorded by Geonet as a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Dunedin, but was upgraded to 4.7 on the Richter scale.

Earthquake in Dunedin today has been categorized as strong by GeoNet with expected MM VI. The tremor was felt as far away as Invercargill and Canterbury. More than 5,000 people have submitted the felt report.

No immediate damage or injures have been reported.

dunedin earthquake epicenter map

Last year, earthquake magnitude 4.1 hit Dunedin on October 16 at a depth of 4km. Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region.

About 20,000 earthquakes, most of them minor, are recorded each year in New Zealand as the country is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is geologically active.

11:17 UTC ( local time: Mon, June 1 2015, 11:17pm @ epicenter)

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