Strong quake strikes near Blenheim, New Zealand
A strong earthquakes, measuring 6.5Mw, followed by at least 5 significant aftershocks, hit central New Zealand, sending Wellington commuters fleeing from the city, forcing thousands of office workers to evacuate and causing havoc in Marlborough.
Earthquake location map. Source: USGS/EHP
Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]
- Magnitude: 6.5Mw
- Location: 41.767°S 174.061°E
- Time: 2013-08-16 11:31:07 UTC+09:00
Buildings have been severely damaged in Seddon, which has been the center of seismic activity since an earlier M6.5 tremor struck the are on July 21, said a report.
The earthquake was felt strongly in NZ Parliament, said a political commentator.
“You could see the floor of the house wobbling and you could see all the fences around shaking and all the windows were shaking.” A Blenheim resident said.
“Its way bigger, hugely bigger, like with the other one because we had heaps of after shocks with the other one they were just not anything to kind of panic about.”
A Nelson resident told NewstalkZB she could hear the “violent” earthquake coming just before it struck.
“Last time it threw us around, the last earthquake, but you could hear this one coming. It was big, and really noisy.”
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On July 24, 2013 in New Zealand Earthquake Damage Estimate, FIRE-EARTH said:
To New Zealand PM and his censorship psychos:
We haven’t started laughing yet, but it’s getting increasingly more difficult to hold back the giggles. [x2]
On June 13, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:
As if by a massive irony, your most populated cities are situated right above geological nightmares–a fact that your government scientists don’t know, or won’t tell you.
On March 4, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:
Our advice to YOU and all intelligent people in Wellington area
1. There’s a frighteningly large buildup of tectonic stress energy right under your feet.
2. RUN while you’re still alive, before the next exodus bottleneck makes it impossible to flee the danger zone.
For additional FIRE-EARTH comments on NZ seismic hazards, see also
On July 15, 2009, FIRE-EARTH said:
A Warning to Visitors to New Zealand:
Climatological and Geological Warning! The New Zealand region is about to experience significant climatological events and large-scale geological and tectonic activity over an extensive period of time. Would be visitors are advised to stay out of the area for the foreseeable future.
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