Rare South Waikato quake barely noticed
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.