18 Jul 2009

Another quake in Fiordland

9:07 am on 18 July 2009

Another earthquake has occurred in Fiordland - the 14th since a 7.8 magnitude quake occurred on Wednesday night.

The latest was magnitude 4.5 on the Richter scale, at 8.25am on Saturday.

It was centred 80km west of Te Anau at a focal depth of 10km.

Another measured at magnitude 5.6 occurred at 6.39pm on Friday, at a focal depth of 5km.

Wednesday's big earthquake occurred at 9.22pm at a depth of 12km.

Another, measured at magnitude 6.1, followed at 9.41pm. It was at a focal depth of 5km.

The Earthquake Commission has now received more than 570 claims relating to damage.

The Commission says it hopes to have teams inspecting damaged properties by Friday.

Previous big quakes

Magnitude 7.8 is the same force as the Hawke's Bay earthquake on 3 February, 1931, and the Murchison earthquake on 17 June, 1929.

The GeoNet website says the Wairarapa earthquake on 23 January, 1855, is the most severe to have been recorded in New Zealand.