World Earthquake hits North Island's east
Biggest California earthquake in two decades ruptured on at least 24 faults
LOS ANGELES - When an earthquake strikes, the instinct of many Californians is to ask: Which fault ruptured - the Newport-Inglewood, the Hayward, the mighty San Andreas? But scientists are increasingly saying it's not that simple. New research shows that the Ridgecrest earthquakes that began in July ruptured at least two dozen faults. It's just the latest evidence of how small faults can join together to produce a large earthquake, and how they can cover a wider area than many might expect.The findings are important in helping understand how earthquakes can grow in the seconds after a fault ruptures, when two blocks of earth move away from each other.
A magnitude 5.3 quake has caused some early morning rumbles and wake-ups in the North Island.
GeoNet says the quake struck just after 5:30am, 50km northwest of Te Kaha on the East Coast, and at a depth of 115km.
Seismologists reported light shaking, but reports coming in indicate it was felt widely, including in Napier, Palmerston North and Wellington.
More than 5000 reported feeling it on the GeoNet website, as far south as Christchurch and even in upper Northland.
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