New Zealand’s Dunedin Hit By M4.7 Earthquake, Strongest In 41 Years

New Zealand’s Dunedin Hit By M4.7 Earthquake, Strongest In 41 Years
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A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s Dunedin overnight. GNS Science said it was the strongest for the area in 41 years.


The tremor hit at 11:17 p.m. Its center was registered 30 kilometers west of the city, at a shallow depth of about 7 kilometers.

Nearly 5,000 people reported feeling the quake. It was even felt from far away Invercargill and Canterbury.

Despite being categorized as strong by GeoNet, the quake brought no damage.

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People posted on the ONE News Facebook page their experiences to the quake.

“It felt like the house was picked up and shoved a few times,” Shonny Clyesdale said.

Lynda Baskett said the shaking was so violent even if it was only for a short time. “But was enough to leave me shaking for hours afterwards.”

Dave Cannan, a columnist for Otago Daily Times, said the tremor seemed to go on forever. “I started to wonder if it was going to stop. Fairly scary, I have to say.”

Megan Direen, a resident from Mosgiel, said she experienced short sharp violent shaking. “It sounded like a freight train smashing through the house.”

The last major earthquake that significantly affected Dunedin was on April 9, 1974. The 5-magnitude tremor dislodged grocery stock and damaged some chimneys in the area, Otago Daily Times states.

Dunedin experienced a 4.1-magnitude earthquake in October 2014. Its center was almost in the same place as last night’s shake, according to Otago Daily Times.