Tremors continue to rock New Zealand

A convoy loaded with supplies and support staff travels heads for Kaikoura.
A convoy loaded with supplies and support staff travels heads for Kaikoura. Defence Force Affairs, LAC Chad

MORE than 4000 tremors have rocked central New Zealand since last week's destructive 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake.

In the past seven days, 4060 aftershocks have been recorded across the eastern tip of the South Island and Wellington region.

The quake, which struck at 12.02am local time on November 14, was the largest recorded tremor since 2009.

Residents are being warned aftershocks connected to the Kaikoura earthquake will continue for months to years.

Scientists are now forecasting an 80% or more probability of damaging shaking within the aftershock region, including Wellington, in the next 30 days.

The GNS Science institute said the most likely scenario was aftershocks would continue to decrease in frequency over the next 30 days.

However, aftershocks greater than magnitude 5 would occur from the quake's epicentre near Culverden, right up along the Kaikoura coastline to throughout Wellington.

This included the potential for aftershocks of between 6.0 and 6.9.

Multiple faults were ruptured in last week's quake with the earth moving up to 10 metres along some fault lines.

Two people died as a result of the quake.


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