Major 8.1 Earthquake Near New Zealand

There may be a Tsunami as a result of this big quake. A previous quake reading 7.4 caused a Tsunami warning, which has sine been lifted. This new one may change that situation.

From USGS:

M 8.1 – Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

Time 2021-03-04 11:28:30 (UTC-08:00)
Location 29.729°S 177.262°W
Depth 10.0 km

There was also a 7.4 and a 5.5 near the same fault area.

h/t to Ed Berardi



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March 4, 2021 12:12 pm

Jacinda is on top of this, oh wait …

Reply to  Pauleta
March 4, 2021 12:24 pm

On the other side of the world Iceland has issued warning of possible ‘imminent eruption’ not of one but two volcanoes. They have a live web cam for continuous monitoring of one volcanic mountain

Reply to  Vuk
March 4, 2021 12:29 pm
live stream video
Fact of interest: “Fagradalsfjall is a 385-meter-high (1,263 ft) hyaloclastite mountain, formed in a sub-glacial eruption during the Ice Age. It was the site of a plane crash on May 3, 1943, in which a US military aircraft crashed, killing 14 people. One man survived the crash. Among the victims was General Frank Maxwell Andrews.”

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Reply to  Vuk
March 4, 2021 12:48 pm

General Frank Maxwell Andrews was a senior officer of the United States Army and one of the founders of the United States Army Air Forces, In1943, he took the place of General Dwight D. Eisenhower as commander of all U.S. troops in the European Theater of Operations. Andrews’ grave is at Arlington National Cemetery.

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John Tillman
Reply to  Vuk
March 4, 2021 4:29 pm

Joint Base Andrews, MD, is named for him. George Marshall was his daddy rabbit.

His fate is perhaps made more tragic for his dying, with 13 others, in an 8th Air Force B-24, or at least sadly ironic. Between the wars, he advocated for B-17 and other heavy, four-engined strategic bombers. He got the Billy Mitchell treatment, but was rescued by Marshall, when he replaced Malin Craig as Army Chief of Staff and Henry Stimson replaced Harry Woodring as Secretary of War.

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Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Vuk
March 4, 2021 8:51 pm

Also one big one just started erupting in Indonesia, and it is expected to get worse, with a possible huge explosion.
Apparently a large lava dome is present.

Reply to  Vuk
March 5, 2021 8:54 am

A friend who lives in Iceland had emailed that they had small tremors all of last week. We got the email last Friday. I will post if I hear anything new.

Reply to  Pauleta
March 4, 2021 1:53 pm

She will lock it down right away.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  outtheback
March 4, 2021 4:02 pm

At least this one isn’t attributable to the dangerous Trump’s Fault.

Reply to  Michael S. Kelly
March 4, 2021 8:18 pm

We’ll be hearing a lot more about that Trump’s Fault.

Reply to  outtheback
March 4, 2021 6:32 pm

She will lock it down if the science says it is the right thing to do……

Reply to  Pauleta
March 4, 2021 6:46 pm

Wearing a hijab she will halt the sea by raising her hands.

Reply to  Dennis
March 4, 2021 9:12 pm

She’s good but she is not that good….

Reply to  Simon
March 5, 2021 2:19 am

The left leaning media will confirm her success.

Reply to  Dennis
March 5, 2021 12:17 pm

The economic data confirms it, the economy has snapped back to the same levels as before and with only small rise in unemployment .
The population loves it as the election showed and for 80% of last year very little restrictions on gatherings or internal travel

Clay Marley
March 4, 2021 12:18 pm

There appear to be three strong earthquakes. One at 13:27, the next at 17:41, and the next at 19:28 (all UTC). Each is over magnitude 7. I don’t see any tsunami warnings until the last one.
By the way, you can go to and set up email alerts for earthquakes. I have mine set up for anything over 6.5.

Reply to  Clay Marley
March 4, 2021 12:33 pm

Clay, there was a tsunami warning, but it was cancelled when no large water movements were registered.

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Reply to  Vuk
March 4, 2021 4:43 pm

Yes , even after the 8 plus mega quake later there is only small movements detected in the most at risk locations
Harbour Tide gauge/Offshore Tsunami graphs here

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  Clay Marley
March 4, 2021 1:49 pm

That is some serious seismic activity in the space of a few hours!

March 4, 2021 12:36 pm

currently warning in place for the latest

Reply to  HAS
March 4, 2021 12:42 pm

Just to add the first was @2.30nzdst was close to NZ and widely felt in NZ, subsequent two in Kermadecs weren’t felt here, but last created current Tsunami warning,

March 4, 2021 12:45 pm

There have been a number of strong quakes of late. Greece has also been hit by powerful quakes over the last several day, including the last one which struck one hour ago.
ps: a strong 6.5 just struck in NZ.

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John Tillman
Reply to  goldminor
March 4, 2021 1:04 pm

They tend to come in swarms.

Chile had a 4.4 today. Nothing to write home about.

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John Tillman
Reply to  goldminor
March 4, 2021 1:26 pm

Nineteen of the largest earthquakes since 1900 have happened on the Ring of Fire.

The 1906 Ecuador-Colombia earthquake happened the same year as the San Francisco quake and fire. There were four quakes of Magnitude 8.0 or higher.

And another ~8.3 on January 4, 1907.

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Reply to  John Tillman
March 4, 2021 7:10 pm

Looks like the Assam-Tibet Earthquake occurred on the same Ring-Of-Fire tectonic plate fault line as the Indonesia/Sumatra earthquakes.

That portion of the fault line follow the northern border of the India tectonic plate.

Or, are you referring to a different earthquake shown of USGS’s Top 20 map.

March 4, 2021 12:46 pm

The good news is that the Tsunami alert overrides all Covid restrictions .
So , as you were.

David Guy-Johnson
March 4, 2021 12:58 pm

Tsunami alert has been canceled

Reply to  David Guy-Johnson
March 4, 2021 1:18 pm

No it hasnt.

Reply to  David Guy-Johnson
March 4, 2021 1:18 pm

Nope, should arrive any minute, if it does arrive. Massive traffic jams in low coastal areas South of Whangarei

Reply to  Davidf
March 4, 2021 1:20 pm

Current warnings for the east Coast the length of the country – and for those unaware, thats about the same distance as Washington DC to Miami

Richard Morton
March 4, 2021 1:29 pm

I use the QuakeFeed app – it allows for configuring and customizing alerts. I have mine setup to alert me to anything 6 or above, or within a 200 mile radius of us here in Yuma, AZ.

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Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Richard Morton
March 4, 2021 2:20 pm

Hopeful of getting oceanfront property??

Reply to  Richard Morton
March 4, 2021 2:52 pm

You’ll be alerted anyway, but not in time to react.

March 4, 2021 2:46 pm

WE ARE ON THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION! Global warning and climate change never sleeps…earthquakes…tsunamis….Gulf Stream slowing….HUGE iceberg breaks off Antarctica…Iodine causes Arctic clouds…manatee are threatened….polar bears must work harder for food…Al Gore where are you? Can you help us Al? Oh, the humanity!

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Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Anti-griff
March 4, 2021 6:07 pm

cats and dogs living together stuff…

Reply to  Anti-griff
March 4, 2021 7:17 pm

Global warning and climate change never sleeps”

Global warning?

Never sleeps?
The folks in the upper echelons of UNFCCC and IPCC look like they sleep plenty and easily.
e.g. Like the goreacal and manniacal, their sleep isn’t bothered by incompetence or science fraud.

Reply to  ATheoK
March 4, 2021 8:08 pm

Al the Gore predicted 10 more years in 2006 so obviously all this anxiety and hysteria is for nought – IT’S ALL OVER FOLKS – and has been ovah for 4 years.

March 4, 2021 3:02 pm

If it doesn’t have a major advocacy wave behind it, the UN will not notice.

March 4, 2021 3:10 pm

First pictures, Tokomaru Bay

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March 4, 2021 3:57 pm

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has provided the latest information on tsunami observations:
KINGSTON NORFOLK IS 29.1S 168.0E 2239 0.56M/ 1.8FT 10
GREAT BARRIER IS NZ 36.2S 175.5E 2248 0.30M/ 1.0FT 06
APIA UPOLU WS 13.8S 171.8W 2241 0.03M/ 0.1FT 12
NORTH CAPE NZ 34.4S 173.0E 2150 0.15M/ 0.5FT 32
EAST CAPE NZ 37.6S 178.2E 2153 0.16M/ 0.5FT 14
NUKUALOFA TO 21.1S 175.2W 2129 0.05M/ 0.2FT 30

March 4, 2021 4:26 pm

Nice live stream webcam views (of calm seas) here:

Tsunami monitoring – Live Bream Bay Northland
Live view NIWA Northland Marine Research Centre.

And at the bottom of this page:
(Whakatane is on the east coast of the North Island, about half-way down.)

It’s about 13:25 NZDT as I write; news in the last few minutes that the largest waves have passed, and evacuees can return home…

Alan M
Reply to  RdM
March 4, 2021 5:05 pm

Wow, Bream Bay, Ruakaka to be exact, that’s where I spent the first 20 or so years of my life. Never had a warning in that time

March 4, 2021 5:03 pm

This is very cool. Hope the link works

Patrick MJD
March 4, 2021 9:42 pm

8.1 is a BIG quake!

Reply to  Patrick MJD
March 5, 2021 6:42 pm

If we, in NZ, learnt anything from the Christchurch quakes it was that the number on the Richter scale by itself does not mean much. You have to know the death of the quake as well.
For example, shallow quake of say 5.0 on the scale can be much more serious and destructive than a deep quake of say 8 or 9 on the scale.

Alan M
Reply to  Ross
March 6, 2021 4:55 am

Also depends on what the surface geology is, ChCh Quaternary sediments, lots of shake, rattle and roll including liquefaction I gather. With the Newcastle quake in 1989 (5.6) the major damage occurred on recent sediments or reclaimed land, again liquefaction whereas buildings on solid Permian rock suffered minimum damage.
Actually the direction of the shock wave could be measured from the rotation on brick pillars, amazing to see

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March 4, 2021 10:38 pm

“It’s hard not to feel like our country is having a run of bad luck when you have an earthquake, tsunami alert and pandemic to contend with all in one day,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Well, an earthquake may be bad luck, but the pandemic lockdown is all due to bad politics.

March 4, 2021 11:05 pm

global warming is causing more quakes!

March 4, 2021 11:18 pm

M 8.1 – Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

  • 2021-03-04 19:28:31 (UTC)29.740°S 177.267°W 19.4 km depth

If it was an 8.1 in the mantle that would be an extremely surprising quake, but at sub-crustal depths, in that location, it’s big, but not a surprise. I suppose the area gets shaken so often it does not get many large slides or debris-flows even from an 8.1, so no big sloppy water motions resulted.

March 5, 2021 4:12 am

theres been a LOT of 5+quakes at around 10k for the last month or more all around that area and higher near the small islands tonga etc
was wondering when theyd go to nz area
count for 5 and aboves is around the 50? mark so far on this series

March 7, 2021 7:44 am

What did one tectonic plate say to the other tectonic plate? move along.

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