Meteor explodes over New Zealand

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Last night’s meteor not only put on a visual show – it appears to have also shaken the ground, a seismologist says.

GNS duty seismologist Lara Bland said there was a small signal on two local seismographs that coincided with the timing of the meteor.

“From about 9:59:18 we recorded a small increase in higher frequency energy, for a duration of about 14-15 seconds,” she said.

“I think it is fair to attribute this to the meteor.”

The meteor was seen and heard by hundreds of people across the North Island. It likely exploded 20 to 30 kilometres above the earth, Astronomer Dr Grant Christie said.

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