Rare South Waikato quake barely no­ticed

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

An earth­quake, thought to be the largest in the South Waikato in decades, struck Toko­roa at 7.47pm on Fri­day.

Yet sev­eral peo­ple spo­ken to by the South Waikato News did not feel any­thing.

The quake mea­sured 5.6 on the Richter scale and was 10km east of Toko­roa at a depth of 200km. The In­sti­tute of Ge­o­log­i­cal and Nu­clear Sci­ences ( GNS Sci­ence) re­ported the quake could have been felt across much of the North Is­land.

The last earth­quake in this part of the coun­try to mea­sure more than five is thought to have oc­curred in 1983. It mea­sured 5.1 and was half­way be­tween Toko­roa and Mu­ru­para. In 1976 a 5.1 quake struck west of Ara­puni near Pukea­tua.

The lat­est earth­quake came 20 days af­ter the 7.1 earth­quake in Christchurch but is not thought to be re­lated.

In a re­sponse to the Christchurch earth­quake’s dev­as­ta­tion South Waikato District Coun­cil started a cam­paign re­mind­ing res­i­dents to be pre­pared for dis­as­ters.

Civil De­fence will erect a dis­play out­side The Ware­house in Toko­roa on Oc­to­ber 13 giv­ing in­for­ma­tion on pre­par­ing for dis­as­ters.

The coun­cil will also run a quiz in the South Waikato News and the win­ner will re­ceive a two-per­son sur­vival pack.

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