GeoNet Felt Report

In addition to Felt RAPID we ask you to contribute to GNS Science research by filling in the following earthquake survey. Your valuable insights would help us to better estimate the shaking intensity caused by this earthquake, and to better understand the effects of future major earthquakes in New Zealand. This survey will take around 10 minutes to complete and we would greatly appreciate your help.

Please describe your experiences of the Magnitude 7.1 East Cape earthquake that occurred at 4:37am on Friday 2 September (NZST). If you want to report issues with the form or have questions about the study, contact Sara McBride, GeoNet Social Science Operations Specialist at

This questionnaire has been determined by Massey University as being ethically conducted.  If you have any questions about the ethics process of survey, please contact Professor David Johnston at

* 1a. Did you feel this Earthquake?

* 1b. What was the address of the location where you felt the earthquake?

* 1c. How long did the earthquake feel (in seconds)?

* 2. Where were you at the time of the earthquake?

* 3. What was the built environment?

* 4. What were you doing when the earthquake occurred?

* 5. How would you best describe the shaking?

* 6. Please select the type of building or structure:

* 7. If you were in a multi-storey building what floor were you on?

* 8. If you were in a multi-storey building what was the total number of storeys?

* 9. Did hanging objects sway?

* 10. Did objects such as glasses, dishes, ornaments or other small shelf items rattle, topple over or fall off shelves?

* 11. Were cupboard or appliance doors thrown open?

* 12. Did any small items of furniture, appliances (such as TV, computer, microwave) or light machinery slide (not just sway) or topple over?

* 13. Did any large fixtures, appliances (such as fridge, stove or filing cabinet) or heavy machinery slide (not just sway) or topple over?

* 14. Check which services failed, if any:

* 15. Was there any damage to the building itself, the hot water cylinder, chimneys or exterior water tanks? 

* 16. Was the hot water cylinder (not header tank) damaged?

* 17. The hot water cylinder is...

* 18. Chose the most severe damage that occurred to the brick/concrete chimney where you were:

* 19. The brick/concrete chimney is...

* 20. Choose the most severe damage that occurred to exterior elevated water tanks:

* 21. Choose the most severe damage that occurred to exterior walls:

* 22. Choose the main building material for the exterior walls that experienced the damage:

* 23. What damage occurred to the entire building?

* 24. What other damage occurred?

* 25. Choose the structural style of the building foundations:

* 26. What is the main type of ground under the building?

* 27. The ground is mainly...

* 28. When was the building constructed?

* 29. What do you believe caused the building damage?

* 30. How many chimneys were damaged or fell?

* 31. How much damage was suffered by stone, brick or concrete block walls?

* 32. Did any underground pipes develop leaks or cracks?

* 33. The earthquake was felt by:

* 34. Did any of the following ground-related damage occur? Check all that apply, if any (more than one answer is possible)

* 35. Did any of the following effects occur? Check all that apply, if any (more than one answer is possible)

* 36. What was your reaction?

* 37a. What was your first response while the earthquake was shaking?

* 37b. When you felt the earthquake, did you think it could trigger a tsunami?

* 37c. If you were close to the coast, did you evacuate?

* 37d. If you evacuated, did you ...?

* 37e. How many minutes after the earthquake did you evacuate?

* 37f. When did you decide to return from where you initially evacuated?

* 37g. How long were you evacuated for?

* 38. How would you rate the level of trust you have in the earthquake information given by the following sources? (i.e. thinking specifically of information regarding the nature of earthquakes, or emergency preparedness)

  High Moderate Low
Emergency Services
Get Ready Get Thru
GNS Science
Insurance companies
Local community members (friends, neighbours)
Local council (e.g., city, district, regional council)
Local Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM)
Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM)
New Zealand ShakeOut
Red Cross
The media

* 39. What information about earthquakes is the most valuable for you? 

* 40. Why would you say this/these types of information are most valuable? (Please specify)

* 41. Where do you get most of your earthquake information? (Tick all that apply)

* 42. When you talk to people you live next to about the earthquakes, what do you most talk about? (Please specify)

* 43. The tone and information provided by GeoNet is: (Tick one answer on each line)

  Strongly agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly disagree
Too scientific. Can't understand it.
Too general. Not enough specifics.
Just right. In the middle

* 44a. Age (this question is asked to ensure that we have a cross section of the community)

* 44b. Gender (this question is asked to ensure that we have a cross section of the community)

* 45. Final comments