After last week’s 6.5 magnitude quake, our building was given the all clear on Tuesday, and we returned to work on Wednesday. The aftershocks seemed to be lessening in intensity and everything went back to normal. The likelihood of another big shake was decreasing.
But it didn’t disappear entirely, and on Sunday night (well, Monday morning) there was another large aftershock of 5.4 magnitude. No damage was reported from this one, and we returned to work on Monday (after first checking that we were all clear to do so).
On Monday night at 9:45 there was a further 4.1 magnitude aftershock – strong enough to be felt, but that was about it.
In unrelated geology news, White Island has been showing more signs of activity of late, and whilst the alert level is still 1 (Departure from typical background surface activity), the aircraft warning has changed to yellow (Volcano is experiencing signs of elevated unrest above known background levels).