A strong earthquake registered by USGS as M6.1 hit the North Island at 02:13 UTC on Oct 30, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 227 km (141 miles).
The epicentre was located 64km (40 miles) E of Waitara (population 6,318), 77km (48 miles).
In total there are approximately 190,000 people living within 100km (62 miles).
Some 3,523,000 are estimated to have felt shaking.
New Zealand’s Parliament, sitting at the time of the quake, was suspended after the prolonged rumble to allow for the precinct’s buildings to be checked.
The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses — there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.
The global uptick in earthquakes and volcanoes we’ve witnessed lately is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, and the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
Check out this link for more info: https://principia-scientific.org/do-cosmic-rays-trigger-earthquakes-volcanic-eruptions/
KP has been very low in recent days/weeks: