Friday, September 4, 2015

The M7.1 Darfield Earthquake Anniversary

I'm sure most of New Zealand remembers either waking up to the shaking at 4:35am, or to the news of the earthquake 5 years ago. It was a day that changed many peoples lives from damaged homes and buildings, to some months later where friends and loved ones lives were tragically lost in the M6.3 Christchurch quake.

Although far in distance from Christchurch,  life at GeoNet also changed on that day, from all the science to be done, to the thousands of aftershocks that needed to be located.  This ultimately led to our big change to an automated earthquake location system SeisComP3 and our big website update (you can read more on that here).



Some stats from the Darfield quake

You can read more about the earthquakes and the science behind them, on the Canterbury Quakes page  including, news stories and the numbers of aftershocks the region has had. 

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