May 17, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Morning quakes jolt people awake across the Cental North Island

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( Central New Zealand has been shaken awake with a series of quakes ranging from 5.8 to 4.2 this morning.

All the quakes were centred in the same area off Seddon in Marlborough that was hit on Friday by a 5.7.

This morning’s first quake – 4.2 – struck at 7.04, was at a 10km depth and centred 35km east of Seddon.

It was followed 13 minutes later by a 5.8 shake that was centred 30km east of Seddon at a depth of 19km and then at 7.20 by a 4.3km shake at a depth of 14km and 25km east of Seddon, while a fourth – 4.3 – rattled the region from a depth of 22km at 7.30.

There are no reports of damage yet, but Tranz Metro has advised all its services in Wellington have been delayed.

US Ambassador to New Zealand David Huebner tweeted that the quake was felt as a “meaningful jolt and roll” in Lower Hutt.

A Khandallah woman told Stuff that the biggest of the quakes was “one good jolt then about 15 seconds of low rumbling”.

Another Wellingtonian said “it made me get out of bed and crouch beside it and my husband walked through from the kitchen and joined me pointlessly huddled, so it must haave last at least 15 seconds”.

Radio journalist Barry Soper took to Twitter to say the quake made a television fall against the wall at his home.

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