GeoNet warns of fake earthquake info

5:48 pm on 17 November 2016

GeoNet is reminding people to get information about ongoing aftershocks from reputable sources.

The aftershocks measured from 12am Sunday night until 10.30am today.

Aftershocks as measured from Monday until 10.30am Wednesday Photo: Supplied / GeoNet

A post is being shared on social media suggesting that GeoNet is deliberately hiding the possibility of a larger earthquake, and that it is being muzzled by the government.

GeoNet public information manager Sara McBride said that was patently false.

She said all of GeoNet's data was publicly available on its website, and it was trying to give the best information possible.

Ms McBride said any time there was a big earthquake there would be anxiety associated with it, so she understood why rumours and speculation circulated.

She said while scientists used the best information they could to model what might happen, there was so much that was unknown that it was impossible to make a prediction.

Read GeoNet's latest statement on Monday's earthquake and possible future scenarios