On the 21st of July New Zealand experienced a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. It hit at 17:09 [05:09 GMT] a depth of 6.3 miles and 35 miles [57km] off the coast south of Wellington. The earthquake was primarily reported as a 6.9 magnitude tremor and was eventually re-evaluated by the US Geological Survey.
There were no casualties or fatalities. Train schedules were disrupted, water pipes were burst, Wellington’s parliament building was damaged and power cuts were reported.
Civilians working in the central city were advised to take the day off work. Celia Wade-Brown, Wellington’s mayor’s main aim is to keep the injuries to a minimum. New Zealand being located on the Pacific Ring of Fire makes it a hot spot for earthquakes and volcanic activity to occur. New Zealand experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, where 20 go beyond the point of 5.0 magnitude.
“Quake rattles New Zealand, but no deaths reported”
“New Zealand earthquake damages Wellington parliament”
For more information about:
NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKES
6.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE [21st JULY 2013]