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5.7 quake rocks Wellington, Central NZ

A strong earthquake has hit New Zealand’s capital, Wellington.  The quake, which struck just after 9am, measured 5.7 according to GeoNet.

GeoNet says the intensity of the quake was classed as “severe”.

Many people on social media reported it as being strong or one of the strongest felt in some time in the city.

Did you feel it?  Have any damage? Post a comment below.

Several small aftershocks were recorded immediately after.

The quake appears to be centred in Cook Strait and was shallow at just 8kms.  It was centred east of Blenheim.




robyn on 19/07/2013 1:42am

Felt a wee shake in Kairaki beach, 5 minutes north of Kaiapoi,

Pam Tawhara on 18/07/2013 10:18pm

We live at Rarangi Beach near Blenheim – can see Wellington from here. It was a real goodie.
Having recently lived in Inangahua Junction for many years, it almost made me feel at home LOL! No damage except to our nervous systems.

Dave on 18/07/2013 9:45pm

Not too bad in Waikanae.
Just a gentle rumble and a shake.
Not damaging or frightening


Guest on 18/07/2013 9:36pm

Hi yes felt it here in Whitby sitting at computer heard the rumble then my chair started swaying. Our house is built on a hillside so did not seem too big here. I have experience a lot worse in wangaui when I was young.

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