2007 Gisborne earthquake
|Date||Thursday 20 December 2007, 8:55 pm NZDT (UTC+13)|
|Depth||44 kilometres (27 mi)|
|Countries or regions||New Zealand|
|Peak acceleration||0.28 g|
|Casualties||1 dead, 11 injured|
The 2007 Gisborne earthquake was an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale 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.
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. The town clock stopped at 8:55pm as a result of the earthquake.
As of 14 January 2008, the Earthquake Commission had received over 3100 insurance claims amounting to $16 million. It was earlier estimated that the cost of damage caused by the earthquake could rise to $30 million.
- Geonet: NZ's geological hazard monitoring system
- One dead, up to 20 injured after huge quake, The New Zealand Herald, 21 December 2007.
- Quake 6.8 magnitude hits east coast, TVNZ, 21 December 2007.
- Tv3.co.nz - 'Rattled Gisborne residents pick up the pieces after quake', 21 December 2007. Accessed 2009-06-06. Archived 2009-06-10.
- Recent events, EQC Insurance. Updated and accessed 14 January 2008.
- The $30m shockwave, 22 December 2007
- New Zealand Earthquake Report - 20 Dec 2007 at 8:55 pm (NZDT) (GeoNet)
- Magnitude 6.8 - NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND (U.S. Geological Survey)
- Jayson Kingsbeer Photography, More Photos of the aftermath