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2/22/2007

Scientists Assuage Eruption Fears After Three Quakes Hit Auckland

Breaking Seismic News: New Zealand
Earth Observations

Feb 22, 2007
Scientists assured nervous residents of Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city which sits on a field of about 50 dormant volcanoes, that there was no prospect of an eruption after three earthquakes rattled the area last evening. Although New Zealand is one of the world's most earthquake prone countries, with about 14,000 a year being recorded, they rarely occur in the Auckland region, with the last big quake nearly 30 years ago. The three quakes, measuring 3.7, 4.5 and 3.8 on the Richter scale, caused widespread alarm Wednesday evening. Seismologists said the quakes were shallow, which is why they were felt so sharply, as well as RARE, prompting near-panic. Wednesday's shakes resulted from movement on known geological fault lines and were not related to volcanic activity. The 4.5 quake was their LARGEST QUAKE IN A CENTURY, since the 1890s. The 4.5 tremor struck at nine o'clock and was UNUSUALLY SHALLOW at 15kms deep. It was one of the larger earthquakes Auckland has had in its history.
QUAKES
INDONESIA - A second earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale was detected at North Maluku in Indonesia Wednesday morning without signs of a possible tsunami. The tremor, which occurred at 11.19 am local time, was a follow-up undersea earthquake to the first one at 6.6 on the Richter scale that happened Tuesday evening. Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, the Meteorological Department reported a moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale near South of Sumba Island, 574 kilometres southeast of Denpasar, Indonesia and 1,762 kilometres southeast of Sibu. It said the earthquake occurred at 7.12 am.
TURKEY - A moderate quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 shook southeastern Turkey on Wednesday, sending people into the streets in panic and damaging some buildings. No injuries were reported. The epicenter of the quake was the town of Sivrice in the province of Elazýð. The quake caused great panic and partly collapsed a building in the village of Kayapinar while slightly damaging a primary school as well as a post office in the town of Sivrice. Soldiers and police were trying to reach remote mountain villages. The same area was struck by a magnitude 5.3 quake on Feb. 9.
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