Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Kermadec Islands region at 15:54 UTC on May 31, 2024. The agency is reporting a depth of 19.6 km (12.3 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.

Public meteorite hunt after large fireball streaks over New Zealand

Public meteorite hunt after large fireball streaks over New Zealand

A very bright fireball was seen over Otago and Canterbury, New Zealand at 08:04 UTC (21:04 LT) on March 13, 2024. Analysis shows that some 0.5 km (1.1 pounds) of the object survived the entry and ended up scattered on the ground in MacKenzie Country. A public search for meteorites is scheduled for March 21.

Major wildfire in Christchurch’s Port Hills, state of emergency declared, New Zealand

Major wildfire in Christchurch’s Port Hills, state of emergency declared, New Zealand

Fire and Emergency New Zealand reported a large vegetation fire covering about 650 ha (1 606 acres) in the Port Hills near Christchurch on February 15, 2024. A state of emergency was declared the previous day, with 130 firefighters, 11 helicopters, and heavy machinery deployed. Evacuations affected 80 properties, though no homes were lost. The blaze remains uncontained, and a public health warning was issued due to smoke.

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 10:10 UTC on October 23, 2023. The agency is reporting a depth of 23.1 km (14.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

Freight train derailed by landslide on South Island’s West Coast, New Zealand

Freight train derailed by landslide on South Island’s West Coast, New Zealand

A freight train operated by KiwiRail found itself engulfed by a landslide on the South Island’s West Coast near Hawks Crag in the early hours of Monday, October 16, 2023. The incident, which led to a minor derailment, saw the lone engineer on board escaping without any injury.

Significant westerly wind event triggers severe weather warnings, New Zealand

Significant westerly wind event triggers severe weather warnings, New Zealand

Over the weekend of September 16 – 17, 2023, New Zealand’s MetService forecasts an intense westerly wind event across the South Island and the southern half of the North Island. This anticipated event could be more disruptive than yesterday’s strong winds, which resulted in power outages in Wairarapa.

Red warning for heavy rainfall issued for Gisborne, New Zealand

Red warning for heavy rainfall issued for Gisborne, New Zealand

New Zealand’s MetService upgraded its Heavy Rain Warning to the highest level – Red – for Gisborne area. This is the highest severe weather warning and indicates that people must take immediate action to protect people, animals and property from the impact of the weather. The warning is in effect through Sunday morning, June 25.