2007 Gisborne earthquake

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2007 Gisborne earthquake
2007 Gisborne earthquake is located in New Zealand
2007 Gisborne earthquake
Date Thursday 20 December 2007, 8:55 pm NZDT (UTC+13) (2007-12-20UTC07:55Z)
Magnitude 6.8 ML[1]
Depth 44 kilometres (27 mi)
Epicenter 38°53′S 178°29′E / 38.88°S 178.49°E / -38.88; 178.49Coordinates: 38°53′S 178°29′E / 38.88°S 178.49°E / -38.88; 178.49
Countries or regions  New Zealand
Peak acceleration 0.28 g
Casualties 1 dead, 11 injured

The 2007 Gisborne earthquake occurred with a Richter magnitude of 6.8 which struck in the Pacific Ocean, 50 km off the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island at 8.55 pm NZDT on 20 December 2007. The tremor mostly affected the city of Gisborne, but was felt widely across the country from Auckland in the north to Dunedin in the south.


The Damage Outside Health 2000 Main Street

The earthquake was initially reported to have caused no deaths, but an elderly woman in Gisborne was discovered to have suffered a heart attack and died shortly after the quake.[2]

A number of buildings in central Gisborne were damaged. The central business district was closed off to allow building inspectors to assess buildings for damage; three buildings had collapsed. There were blackouts immediately after the earthquake hit.[3] The town clock stopped at 8:55pm as a result of the earthquake.[4]

As of 14 January 2008, the Earthquake Commission had received over 3100 insurance claims amounting to $16 million.[5] It was earlier estimated that the cost of damage caused by the earthquake could rise to $30 million.[6]


  1. ^ Geonet: NZ's geological hazard monitoring system
  2. ^ One dead, up to 20 injured after huge quake, The New Zealand Herald, 21 December 2007.
  3. ^ Quake 6.8 magnitude hits east coast, TVNZ, 21 December 2007.
  4. ^ Tv3.co.nz - 'Rattled Gisborne residents pick up the pieces after quake', 21 December 2007. Accessed 2009-06-06. Archived 2009-06-10.
  5. ^ Recent events, EQC Insurance. Updated and accessed 14 January 2008.
  6. ^ The $30m shockwave, 22 December 2007

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