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Old July 21 2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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6.5 quake and strong aftershocks hits central New Zealand

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A severe magnitude 6.5 earthquake, which hit central New Zealand this evening, was not the last, but scientists say it will hopefully be the biggest.
GeoNet said it was centred in the Cook Strait, 20 kilometres east of Seddon at a depth of 17 kilometres. It struck at 5.09pm.
The Pacific Tsunami Center in Hawaii said the quake did not generate a tsunami.
The 6.5 magnitude quake was likely linked to a fault in the Cook Strait capable of generating far more severe shaking, GNS Science said.
Dr Kelvin Berryman, GNS Science director of Natural Hazards, said the severe shaking over the past three days was probably linked to one of several faults capable of generating shakes of magnitude 7.0 or more.
The most likely candidate was the Needle fault, although the location of the series quakes over the past three days did not quite match up.
He said a larger quake was unlikely but the swarm that kicked off on Friday morning was not following the normal aftershock pattern, in which the tremors became progressively less severe.
This afternoon's 6.5 magnitude shake, the biggest in the latest swarm, meant the shaking was not following the usual pattern, he said.
GNS should have a clearer idea of the probability of another big, or even bigger, quake by tomorrow, he said.
A spokesman for Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye confirmed a civil defence emergency had not been declared, but an emergency centre had been set up in Thorndon.
The quakes are over 800km away from me so I haven't felt any yet but Wellington is my home town (and the capital city).
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Old July 21 2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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Re: 6.5 quake and strong aftershocks hits central New Zealand

My cousin's just moved there and got a 6.5 for his first proper earthquake - he posted on FB just after it happened to say all was well, if a little wobbly.
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Old July 22 2013, 01:22 AM   #3
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Re: 6.5 quake and strong aftershocks hits central New Zealand

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My cousin's just moved there and got a 6.5 for his first proper earthquake - he posted on FB just after it happened to say all was well, if a little wobbly.
Your cousin's in Wellington? It would have been an interesting last few days there, for someone unused to seismic shenanigans.
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Old July 22 2013, 01:40 AM   #4
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My cousin's just moved there and got a 6.5 for his first proper earthquake - he posted on FB just after it happened to say all was well, if a little wobbly.
Your cousin's in Wellington? It would have been an interesting last few days there, for someone unused to seismic shenanigans.
I'm not sure exactly where he is in NZ, to tell the truth. Obviously close enough to feel the tremor, but I don't know how close.
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Old July 22 2013, 03:19 AM   #5
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My cousin's just moved there and got a 6.5 for his first proper earthquake - he posted on FB just after it happened to say all was well, if a little wobbly.
Your cousin's in Wellington? It would have been an interesting last few days there, for someone unused to seismic shenanigans.
I'm not sure exactly where he is in NZ, to tell the truth. Obviously close enough to feel the tremor, but I don't know how close.
Looks like people reported feeling it across most of North Island and half of South Island, but the wobbliest fun would have been around Wellington or in the corresponding areas on the opposite side of Cook Strait
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Old July 22 2013, 10:47 AM   #6
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Re: 6.5 quake and strong aftershocks hits central New Zealand

Didn't feel a thing down here in Christchurch. Given our veteran status for enduring earthquakes, I feel strangely left out!

All the best to my fellow Kiwis up North. Let us hope this was the main event.
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Old July 22 2013, 10:42 PM   #7
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Just ran across a gallery of photos. Nothing really catastrophic, but it looks as if a few things might take a while to get all straightened out again.
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