Earthquake Rattles New Zealand

Earthquake Rattles New Zealand

A strong earthquake of the magnitude 6.9 rattled New Zealand’s capital Wellington today, Sunday.

Reports say the tremor broke water mains, shattered windows and downed power lines. Trains in Wellington were, reportedly, brought to a halt.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was six miles underground and struck under the Cook Strait, 35 miles southwest of Wellington.

Parts of the city were without power, local authorities said. There were no immediate reports of major damage and no tsunami warnings have been issued.

Reports say in the past few days, there have been a series of minor tremors on the island.

Experts say New Zealand lies within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a geologically active area. About 20,000 quakes are recorded each year. New Zealand has very stringent building codes to protect against destruction from earthquakes.

By Perviz Walji

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56 Responses to "Earthquake Rattles New Zealand"

  1. Karen Hayward-King   July 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good grief!! This is not even a photo of New Zealand!! First we get relocated to Australia, then we get moved to the Middle East! Damn…that was one powerful earthquake….

  2. Curtis   July 22, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Hahaha – thankyou for confirming your own stereotype America. You’ve managed to continuously fail at reporting on an earthquake. Stick to reporting on your political talent shows and who has got new fake tits in San Diego, Texas. Ah well, at least it will make great reddit material.

  3. New Zealander   July 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    The pictures not even of an earthquake…
    A car bomb in Iraq

    • Sick of the Crud on this site!   July 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      They clearly imagine we live in a third-world country! I mean, WHERE in the world IS New Zealand? Half of them wouldn’t have a clue and the other half wouldn’t care!

  4. HurrDurr   July 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Are you idiots kidding? 1) That image is not from New Zealand, nor is it from this side of the planet. Fix your sh*t. Seriously. 2) New Zealand is not an island; a strait is a body of water that separates bodies of land, and the quake has caused damage on both islands. You report the quake being in the strait, about the only correct fact amongst your three disasterpiece articles. To which island (singular) are you referrring? 3) New Zealand’s building codes are absolutely NOT up to scratch to be handling big quakes, given there are possible building write-offs in Wellington’s CBD now…and the Christchurch quakes you lot keep using photos of caused enough destruction to have a red zone cordon around the entire CBD for a very long time. And yet as you report that NZ’s building code is apparently able to handle this sort of carry-on, you use an image of a third-world scene half-destroyed by god-knows-what.

    Is this site staffed entirely by inbred 12-year-olds or something?

    • correction   July 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      facts … you’re doing them wrong.

  5. Tim Hyndman, Wellington, New Zealand   July 21, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Your photo attached to this article is not of Wellington or Seddon, or anywhere in New Zealand for that matter. It looks more like India to me. Maybe your reporter Perviz Walji took a photo out his back door… What a disgraceful amateurish piece of non-journalism this piece is, like most of the rubbish on the internet. You should delete it immediately.

  6. Blenheim   July 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Dumb c***s! It’s not even centered in Wellington. How about getting facts straight, they are centered 20km north east of Seddon!

  7. CelticGal   July 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    ROFL. Well at least us Wellingtonians are getting some entertainment while we’re stuck at home. I agree that the Christchurch photo was insensitive but at least it was the right country, even the right hemisphere. Maybe all our complaining confused the poor fellow, he’s getting further and further off track. I can’t wait to see where we get taken next.

  8. rihard hewitt   July 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Its President John Key holiday home in Seddon Victoria Austrlia.

  9. Kiwigal123   July 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Oh dear, I am having a great laugh here. Are you sure your not making mistakes on purpose in order to generate readership??

  10. CD   July 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Are you freakin serious?! Where in the world is that photo from? Do yourself a favour and just dont report on the earthquakes, infact dont report on anything outside of the US as clearly you cant get it right.

  11. Trish   July 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Okay, so where is this photo meant to from?
    Willis St? Lampton Quay? Some un-named non New Zealand country?
    As previously advised by another poster – try a generic shot of a Quake drum. That will at least save some of egg that keeps landing on your face.

    • farrst   July 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Non-NZ Country by the looks of things. Those are Indian/Arabic style houses and the writing on the stand that has tipped over is not English nor Maori. The only 2 formal languages of NZ.
      Perhaps this is a photo of Pakistan quake?

  12. Karen Hayward-King   July 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Sighhhh…still not Wellington. Try

  13. Taryne   July 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Maybe you should us to update your photos of Wellington..

  14. Paulo - Wellywood   July 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Better replacement photo – still not Wellington…

  15. god   July 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    i just set another bomb outside this guardian place, its full if intelligence because stupid americans have none.

  16. ken   July 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    thick americans as usual they get it all wrong, i just parked my car outside the fbi building in austin texas full of plastic explosive set to go off and 10 mins past 25 oclcok

    • farrst   July 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Did you pay for parking. You might get a ticket.

  17. Liz Green   July 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Get rid of that photo! How insensitive and thoughtless can you be, using an image from the Christchurch quake, where almost 200 people died, to ‘colour’ your report!!!! It’s not right nor is it clever!

  18. Karen Hayward-King   July 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Sighhhhhh ….. that photo is not even from Wellington. I believe it was a building in Christchurch that was damaged in the big quake down there in 2011. I suggest, before you get any more egg on your face, that you check these two NZ sites and or ask a Kiwi, there are enough of us correcting you here!!!

  19. Paul Watson   July 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    You might want to update your info. Just in… 11 moa’s have reportedly escaped from Wellington Zoo and last seen in flight heading towards Vanuatu.

    • Joy Elley   July 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Yeah, nah, bro. BTW, insensitivity rules; my cousin works at the zoo and is devastated that his beloved moas escaped due to his failure to check that the instructions for opening their cage were not left inside their enclosure. They read them, and opened the gate… I heard a rumour they’re actually headed for Nevada (Vanuatu is only a stop-over), hoping to get jobs as reporters on the GuardianExpress…

  20. Joy Elley   July 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Chill, fellow Kiwis. This reporter has got his facts straight, and even mentions our stringent building codes, his mate Wikipedia Tom having told us how destructive of property a large quake can be.

    (Still wouldn’t trust a word this paper prints without outside confirmation – who knows when they’re protecting their journalistic integrity by making up sensationalistic stories to sell papers?)

  21. Stephanie Luxford   July 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Which street is this building on? Doesn’t look like Wellington to me! LOL!

  22. monkkee   July 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Does this site like to use scare-mongering? This picture is not from the Wellington earthquake and it’s going to generate panic if people think that’s the extent of the damage. I hope my family don’t read your articles as they will think the worst. Why don’t you use images from the actual event, or none at all (or at the very least caption your images if you have to use past ones).

    I agree with kiwilaurie – take the picture down please as it’s not appropriate!

  23. Paulo - Wellywood   July 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Really looking forward to the next ‘article’ on our earthquakes (sorry, had to pause with the laughter). Where will we end up next? This ‘news’ site is moving us around much more than the earthquakes. However, this item just in… readership from New Zealand is up 5,000%!

  24. kiwilaurie   July 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Please take this photo down. This is of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, in which 185 people died. This photo is disrespectful.

  25. Chelty   July 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hey Photo Editor, that photo is not Wellington.

    Im enjoying your papers coverage of this quake, but here’s a tip… if it is not impressive enough for you, dont make it up! might be a good start for you to check a few facts.

  26. Cat   July 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Where did you get the picture from because it sure isn’t in Wellington.

  27. farrst   July 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    “minor tremors on the island” – funny I didn’t feel them and I am on the other end of the “little” island………..must be that bit of land in in between us, don’t see how as I am only 630 km from Wellington.

  28. Hamish Campbell   July 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This is a satirical website right? Right?

  29. R'laine   July 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I hope they keep these fairy stories up for a while, I’m having such a fun time reading them all

  30. CB   July 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my god, this just gets better and better.

  31. Mike   July 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    How can one newspaper get so much wrong about Wellington. Not just in this article either. This is fantastically entertaining. In reality Wellington is a sprawling city of 2.3 million people set around the delta where the Danube and Nile rivers meet. Neighbouring countries are Brazil, Numibia, Austria and Gaul. Our major exports are hi tech computer chips, Lego, chocolate products and bondage equipment. I hope people find this clarification both informative and entertaining.

  32. Francis   July 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Our publisher and editors deeply apologize for the errors in this article. To preserve our journalistic integrity. Total rubbish!!!! you again blundered by using a photo from my city Christchurch on your Wellington story!!!. Your newspaper is a complete joke where total hacks work there!!

  33. kathryn   July 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Its slightly disrespectful to both those in Wellington now, and to those who lived through the Christchurch Earthquakes (including myself) to report such inaccurate stories about the current Wellington Earthquakes, accompanied by photos from Christchurch. That photo was taken almost where I was during the EQ in Chch and to see it in a blog about Wellington shows that the journalist doesn’t care what he writes

  34. Harold   July 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Guardian Express readership from New Zealand has reached earth-shattering numbers. Not for the serious news reporting you understand, but for the humourous reports!
    There must be no competent Editor on a Sunday, makes you wonder what else the junior reporters get up to without supervision.

  35. Jo Sutherland   July 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Yup, never let the facts get in the way of a good story!

  36. Mo   July 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

    A basic geopgraphy lesson. Christchurch located roughly about halfway up the south island

    Wellington, located at the bottom of the north island and about 4-5 hours driving time, plus a three hour ferry ride (boat traveling between north and south island in case you weren’t sure what a ferry is) to get to Wellington. All told about 414 km / 257 miles

  37. Jack Yan   July 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Wow, looks like the drugs haven’t worn off there.

  38. Ian Bisset (@The6thDoctor)   July 21, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Plus the photo has been stolen from someones Blog without attributing it to them

    Las Vegas Guardian Express: Boldly Inaccurate.

    • Jo   July 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      That photo is definitely not Wellington or Seddon! So pleased you were able to identify whose blog it was lifted from! I was trying to find out when I read your comment! Good on you…well done.

      • Nick   July 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

        The photo is Christchurch central library to the left and the old farmers building during demolition, so wholly inaccutate

  39. Alisha   July 21, 2013 at 6:06 am

    This is only a fraction more accurate than the previous article… Looks like anyone who can type can ‘report’ the ‘news’.

  40. Good GraveyGoodGravey   July 21, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Well, you’re one up on Tom. At least you got the right country.

  41. Bexielady   July 21, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Snaps for two incredible pieces of extremely accurate reporting from one news site.

  42. harry the bastard   July 21, 2013 at 5:48 am

    It’s really just a bit of spam for his book. Any old chump can throw some rubbish together for this rag.

  43. J   July 21, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Muppets doesn’t even begin to cover the stupidity of these reporters or the newspaper for that matter the basic fundamentals of journalism haven’t even been adhered to shame shame

  44. Sincerely, NZ   July 21, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Journalism credibility is plummeting here with this article and the one about the same earthquake, apparently in Australia… Bunch of muppets rostered on today?

    • Niky (Wellington, NZ)   July 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Journalistic integrity and accuracy seems to be profoundly diminished, and yet the ineptitude has been cultivated to almost an art form.

  45. GAS   July 21, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Why have you used a photo from the Christchurch Earthquake in 2011?

    • Mo   July 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

      because its creates a far more impressive story than actually bothering about the facts

  46. Thunderflash   July 21, 2013 at 4:41 am

    You are right. That is a photo from the Chch earthquake.

  47. Adze   July 21, 2013 at 4:31 am

    That photo is from the Christchurch quake in 2011, and isn’t related to the ones in Wellington today.


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