What Earthquake ????

Living in the shadow of a Volcano is natural for us at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast. Thankfully they are all dormant and “sleeping”.
That is more than I can say for the rest of the country. Once again the “Shakey Isles ” are living up to their name. This morning a magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the east cape of the North Island
The quake struck at 5.21am, and was centred 50km east of Tolaga Bay, at a depth of 12km.
It came not long after a magnitude 3.6 quake, which struck at 4.40am, 60km east of Tolaga Bay, at a depth of 16km. Between 10.24pm and 6.53am, 12 earthquakes have struck the region. However most have been either weak or unnoticeable. There are no reports of damage or injury. Just a little bit of nervous energy…….
Maybe the hobbits in the Shire are awake now!

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Earthquake in the South Island

Friday Morning at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland. Breakfast for the guests is finished and just waithing for check-outs and then into the room turnovers. So… Its coffee time and a quick update on the news of the day. I see that the West Coast of New Zealand got a shaky start to their morning today when a magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocked the West Coast and Otago this morning. The quake struck at 7.38am, and was centred 40km southwest of Haast, 70km northwest of Wanaka, at a depth of 5km.
The quake was reported to have been felt in Wanaka, Alexandra, and Lake Hawea, and as far away as Westport and Dunedin.
Woopie doo…. Great way to start a Friday!

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Minor Shakes Overnight

Monday Morning at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast in Auckland. Breakfast is over and onto the rooms next. We have checkouts and checkins . But first a coffee and a read of the newspaper.
I read that we are still rocking and rolling with three minor earthquakes been recorded in parts of New Zealand today.A 3.2 shake was felt in Canterbury at 10:19am, 10km east of Christchurch and 10km deep. At 10:31am a small quake of 2.1 magnitude was recorded within 5km of Cromwell in central Otago, at a 5km depth.mThe third quake, felt at 12:30pm, measured 3.7 and shook northern Hawke’s Bay. It was located 30km south of Wairoa at a depth of 33km.
Another day in New Zealand….

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New Zealand Rocking and Rolling

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we are surrounded by the Auckland Volcanic Plateau. As they are dormant we tend to ignore them and do not think about them. There is nothing nice about an earthquake or a Volcano doing its thing. In New Zealand at the moment we are moving more than we want to be. They call us the land of the long white cloud. If these volcanoes keep popping off that will be a very real component as all the ash and dust in the air will generate that exact case. We now have two volcanos venting ash and who knows if there is more to come. I pray NOT.
This morning a strong earthquake has rocked the Bay of Plenty region .The 4.7 magnitude struck 40 kilometers north-east of Opotiki, near Whakatane, at 7.30am.The quake was at a depth of 40km.
The earthquake comes as ash continues to spew from nearby White Island. The volcanic Island, which lies 48km off the Bay of Plenty coast, was raised to a Volcanic Alert Level 2 after a surveillance camera captured a small eruption from its crater on Sunday.
Another earthquake was reported near Invercargill last night. It struck 160 km west of Tuatapere, north west of Invercargill, at 7.40pm. It was at a depth of 33km.
The quake was followed by a 3.7 magnitude earthquake that struck within 5km of Lyttelton at a depth of eight kilometres.
They don’t call us the Shakey Isles for nothing……

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Volcano on Alert.

Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by one of the most unique Volcanic Plateaus in the World. The Auckland Volcanic field contains 53 volcanoes and vents. thankfully they are all dormant. Within a 45 minute walk from the property, is Mt Eden (Maungawhau) And it’s a very cool place to see. Well worth the walk .
Further down country the Eastern Bay’s ever-changing volcano ,White Island, is showing signs of unrest once again. Located 49km off the coast of Whakatane, recent changes in activity suggest that the hydrothermal system has become unstable, and as a result the risk has increased.
White Island is a level one volcano, meaning it shows signs of volcano unrest, with the last eruptive activity occurring from March to September, 2000, when it was upgraded to level two.
The volcano’s lake level quickly rose by about 3m to 5m some time between Friday and Saturday last week, exposing a “vigorous” flow of gas and steam into the air.
During the past few weeks there had also been some minor volcanic tremor, including several hours on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Last year and earlier this year the lake started to evaporate and exposed steam vents and two large muddy pools.

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More Shake, Rattle And Roll in New Zealand

22 Jul

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And now we have some more good news to share with you in the land of Hobbits and Middle Earth.
Scientists have raised the Volcano Alert Level at Mt Tongariro after a series of quakes beneath the volcanic complex. GeoNet said typically Tongariro experienced two such quakes – magnitude 2.5 or less – a year, but there had been more than 20 since July 13.
In a Volcanic Alert Bulletin issued this afternoon, it said the sequence started on July 13 and declined for a period, before restarting on July 18 and increasing in number yesterday.These earthquakes are small (magnitudes <2.5) and have only been well recorded by a few of the seismometers in our permanent network. The earthquakes cluster in a zone between Emerald Crater and the Te Mari craters at 2-7km depth. Tongariro is a massive complex of volcanic cones and craters formed by eruptions from at least 12 vents over more than 275,000 years ago.
GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott said the increased activity "just means that something has upset Tongariro, and some subterranean process is occurring".
That's all very nice to hear but we have a fault line right through the country and underneath this volcano.....

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More Shakes In New ZeLand

At Eden Park Bed and Breakfast we call New Zealand the Shaky Isles.
You all know about the shake in Christchurch ; well what you may not know is that New Zealand is under real geological stress. And its ongoing. Today the East Coast of New Zealand rumbled with a sizeable Earthquake felt this afternoon. The shake struck at 4.54pm and measured 5.8 at a depth of 12km and was centred 150km east of Ruatoria.
We don’t feel the quakes at Eden Park Bed and Breakfast, Auckland. New Zealand. It seems Auckland does not sit on a quake fault line.

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Slowdown In Christchurch Tourism

With the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquake it is now apparent that one area of concern is the collapse of the Tourism Industry within the City. Before the destructive earthquake sequence began in September 2010, tourism contributed $2.3 billion a year to Canterbury’s economy. It has shrunk by at least 15 per cent. In the year ended February 2012, Christchurch lost over one million guest nights – a third of its visitors staying overnight in the city. International visitor guest nights fell by a whopping 73 per cent. Lack of accommodation, particularly in the hotel and backpacker sectors after many quake-damaged buildings had to be demolished, was also impeding the industry’s recovery.
The New Zealand Tourism Industry will be looking at ways to assist operators caught in the disaster zone. Evidence of assistance was shown last week with the NZRU hosting the second Rugby Test between New Zealand and Ireland in the city.

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Did the Earth move for you??

22 Jan

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I suppose earthquake tourism was bound to appear and sure enough,Quake-hit Christchurch has become the destination of choice for holiday-makers wanting to experience the earth moving.
Curiosity about earthquakes has led to a small but steady stream of visitors hoping to experience a tremor.
American Steve Atkinson said the recent seismic activity made visiting the city exciting. “Where I come from, you don’t get earthquakes, so I’m curious about what it feels like. I’m kinda hoping there is one while I’m here – not a big one, a small one.”
And the Sunday Star-Times has been told of an Auckland family who added a few days stay in Christchurch to their South Island holiday just so their children could experience an earthquake.

Motel Association Christchurch branch president Mike Brown said he had heard anecdotal reports of people being attracted to the city by the prospect of experiencing a quake, but the visitors he met were wary of the quakes and shocked by how damaging they could be.

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter said curiosity would inevitably draw some visitors. “If you haven’t felt an earthquake before it is an unusual experience and if some people are into that, we’d love to have them

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Good News for Christchurch

11 Jan

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At last some good news for Christchurch,New Zealand. And they do need it so to all you visitors intending to travel to the South Island of New Zealand, definitely spend a few days in the city. There’s still plenty to do, and you’ll be supporting the new businesses inspiring Christchurch’s renaissance.
Lonely Planet has labelled quake-ravaged Christchurch as one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities.In an online article published yesterday by the renowned travel guide firm, author Brett Atkinson said researchers had visited three times since the February 22 earthquake – including two weeks on-the-ground research “recently” – and were impressed by what they saw.
“Our latest visit was unlike any other Lonely Planet research gig, with virtually all of the bars, cafes and restaurants recommended in our 2010 New Zealand guidebook no longer open,” Atkinson wrote.

“But amid the occasional uncertainty of aftershocks, Christchurch is re-emerging as one of NZ’s most exciting cities.
Lonely Planet has labelled quake-ravaged Christchurch as one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities.

In an online article published yesterday by the renowned travel guide firm, author Brett Atkinson said researchers had visited three times since the February 22 earthquake – including two weeks on-the-ground research “recently” – and were impressed by what they saw.

“Our latest visit was unlike any other Lonely Planet research gig, with virtually all of the bars, cafes and restaurants recommended in our 2010 New Zealand guidebook no longer open,” Atkinson wrote.

“But amid the occasional uncertainty of aftershocks, Christchurch is re-emerging as one of NZ’s most exciting cities.

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