Index – Offshore – Nearly a thousand earthquakes have rocked New Zealand’s North Island in just a few days

The National Earthquake Monitoring Center GeoNet said on Wednesday that it detected a total of 922 earthquakes near the town of Kauru in the center of the North Island between Saturday and 9 am. MTI wrote that the largest earthquake had a magnitude of 4.8.

According to the center, although the series of earthquakes seemed to be passing, it was still too early for those living in the area to breathe a sigh of relief.

We expect the frequency of earthquakes to decrease in general, but we can’t know for sure

said seismologist John Restaw.

The center employee indicated that in 2018 and 2019 the region was also shaken by so-called swarms of earthquakes similar to the current ones, but earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 with this amount are relatively rare so far. He added that the center’s experts attribute the series of earthquakes to the movement of the earth’s crust along active fault lines, which cannot be linked to other volcanic or thermal activity.

Some footpaths have been closed due to falling rocks and landslides in the affected area, with little damage reported so far in residential buildings, said Failene Tonoy, district mayor of Kaururao.

The head of the settlement also drew the attention of residents to the fact that tremors may continue.

New Zealand, with a population of five million, lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic fault line where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are frequent.

In 2011, a violent earthquake struck Christchurch in the South Island. The magnitude 6.3 earthquake claimed 185 lives and destroyed most of the downtown area.

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