The Mw 7.1 New Zealand earthquake in August 2003 was the largest earthquake in New Zealand in 60 years and occurred in the sparsely populated Fiordland of the South Island. The earthquake caused no deaths and only minor damage in the town of Te Anau, although it was felt throughout most of the South Island of New Zealand. Surprisingly, it was felt in Sydney, 1,800 km away, with some people evacuating buildings. Based on the timing of felt reports, I conclude that people in Sydney did not feel body or surface waves but felt the T phase from the...

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