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
    http://rt.com/news/killed-baghdad-bombings-violence-374/

    • 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.

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