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Magnitude 7.8 - OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z.
USGS ^ | 7/15/09 | USGS

Posted on 07/15/2009 5:17:21 AM PDT by null and void

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Magnitude 7.8 - OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z.

2009 July 15 09:22:32 UTC

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Earthquake Details

Magnitude 7.8
Date-Time
Location 45.721°S, 166.643°E

Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z.
Distances 150 km (95 miles) WNW of Invercargill, New Zealand
175 km (110 miles) WSW of Queenstown, New Zealand
300 km (185 miles) W of Dunedin, New Zealand
825 km (510 miles) SW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 11.1 km (6.9 miles); depth fixed by location program

Parameters NST= 44, Nph= 44, Dmin=322.8 km, Rmss=1.58 sec, Gp= 54°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source
  • USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2009jcap

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Breaking News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; earthquake; eq; newzealand; tsunami; uscg
If a 7.8 EQ isn't breaking, I don't know what is.

Tsunami alert issued, rescinded for NZ, still active for SE Oz.

1 posted on 07/15/2009 5:17:21 AM PDT by null and void
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To: shaggy eel; DieHard the Hunter

So, what’s shakin’?


2 posted on 07/15/2009 5:18:22 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2292950/posts?q=1&;page=51


3 posted on 07/15/2009 5:20:06 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: null and void

Hobbits and children hit hardest...


4 posted on 07/15/2009 5:21:41 AM PDT by tips up
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To: null and void

Great Cthulhu Rises!


5 posted on 07/15/2009 5:25:59 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (This tagline temporarily closed until I finish building my deck.)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

6 posted on 07/15/2009 5:29:40 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

Darn.

Mine has better graphics...


7 posted on 07/15/2009 5:31:34 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

(grin!) I’m good so far, up here in the Waitakere Ranges. Could be I’ll have waterfront property by morning but!


8 posted on 07/15/2009 5:38:06 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter; shaggy eel

I’m pretty sure Shaggy didn’t feel it either.


9 posted on 07/15/2009 5:41:06 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

yes it does and more info. you put alot into this

bump


10 posted on 07/15/2009 5:42:16 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: null and void

Baby Cthulhu! How cute!

He’s our new Green friend.


11 posted on 07/15/2009 5:42:24 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (This tagline temporarily closed until I finish building my deck.)
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To: 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; BBell; ...
 
Catastrophism
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12 posted on 07/15/2009 5:51:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: null and void

That means Sydney.


13 posted on 07/15/2009 5:54:43 AM PDT by P.O.E. ((optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

Say hello to my li’l frien’


14 posted on 07/15/2009 5:55:42 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

Were there any beached marine life onshore before this hit?


15 posted on 07/15/2009 6:03:39 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
If you can call it life, I suppose...


16 posted on 07/15/2009 6:07:09 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void; jan in Colorado

:-(

I had been hoping to be visiting there now, but didn’t so I missed it... :-(


17 posted on 07/15/2009 6:07:48 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: null and void

Her elbow healed!


18 posted on 07/15/2009 6:08:58 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

She’s been soaking it in salt water...


19 posted on 07/15/2009 6:10:04 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

What isn’t shakin’?


20 posted on 07/15/2009 6:14:16 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: wastedyears

California?


21 posted on 07/15/2009 6:17:06 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

Liberals are rockin’ it alright.


22 posted on 07/15/2009 6:32:13 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
I know from traveling to New Zealand a number of times that the North Island is still highly active volcanically and the South Island is not, but the whole country sits astride one branch of the Ring of Fire.

How common is this sort of quake activity so far south? I have friends and a distributor based in little old Oamaru and expect that town would not do well in a tsunami situation.

PS: IMHO, NZ is still, acre for acre, the most beautiful spot on Planet Earth.

23 posted on 07/15/2009 7:02:09 AM PDT by katana
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To: katana

Your recollection of our geography and geology is exactly right. And our volcanology, for that matter!

> How common is this sort of quake activity so far south? I have friends and a distributor based in little old Oamaru and expect that town would not do well in a tsunami situation.

Earth quakes happen all the time in that part of New Zealand. The Southern Alps run down the back of South Island like a spine, right on either side of the fault line. They were created by two plates ramming into each other.

Oamaru is a beautiful little town on the east coast (safely over on the other side), before you get to Dunedin. It’s probably hi enough up that it wouldn’t get too badly done by a Tsunami (of course, that’s a relative term I realize).

> PS: IMHO, NZ is still, acre for acre, the most beautiful spot on Planet Earth.

Thanks for that.

You know, I’d have to agree with you. I was born and raised in Vancouver, which is also a lovely spot, but New Zealand is definitely home.


24 posted on 07/15/2009 7:22:35 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: null and void; Quix

Thanks.

Quix ping.


25 posted on 07/15/2009 11:14:16 AM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: Joya

Thanks.


26 posted on 07/15/2009 11:54:53 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: katana

Oamaru is near Timaru about halfway between Christchurch and Dunedin/Invercargill on the east coast..

There;s an old volcano up in Christchurch..

The West Coast has the most earthquakes...

The Nelso and West Coast provinces..

But Oamaru, Timaru, Whaipicarou...


27 posted on 07/15/2009 12:25:34 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: null and void

Here is an update of the earthquake http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10584761 , including reader experiences of the earthquake.


28 posted on 07/15/2009 5:07:52 PM PDT by Peter Horry (Never were abilities so much below mediocrity so well rewarded - John Randolph)
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To: Peter Horry

Thanks!


29 posted on 07/15/2009 10:27:48 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 176 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

,,, didn’t feel a thing. Apparently NZL has shifted about 12”. The best shift though was the one in our last elections.


30 posted on 07/22/2009 7:01:57 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: shaggy eel

Admit it, you miss Helen...


31 posted on 07/22/2009 7:03:14 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 183 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

,,, not enough to travel to New York to see her - she’s yours now!


32 posted on 07/22/2009 7:04:38 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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