Mw 7.0 Off the East Coast of North Island, New Zealand
updated 7 August 2021

On 1 September 2016 a major earthquake occurred off the East Coast of North Island, New Zealand at a depth of 26 km. The seismic event occurred at 16:37:58 UTC and had an estimated moment magnitude (Mw) 7.0.

The earthquake was preceded by three planetary alignments that coincided with critical lunar geometry peaking 16 on the index. On 1 September a second lunar peak occurred, indicating critical geometry, which is when the major earthquake occurred. It was the last major earthquake in a series that started on 19 August. In this second half of August no less than ten planetary alignments occurred, resulting in three magnitude 7 earthquakes peaking Mw 7.5 on the 19th. In addition, two strong earthquakes occurred with magnitude 6.8 and 6.7 respectively. Similarly critical was December 2016, which resulted in major seismic activity throughout the month.

Mercury-Venus-Jupiter    2016-08-28, 11:53:26  177°04'18"
Venus-Mercury-Earth      2016-08-29,  6:18:44  358°46'05"
Sun-Mercury-Mars         2016-08-29, 20:33:42  298°06'48"
SSGI chart
SSGI depiction of planetary (PG) and lunar (LG) geometry


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