5.7 Earthquake in Wellington, Greens start blaming oil companies

Quake in Wellington.

Wellington has been shaken by a “severe” magnitude 5.7 earthquake this morning.

The quake at 9.06am shook buildings in the central city and the suburbs, and was felt for at least 20 seconds.

GeoNet said the 19km deep quake struck 40km east of Seddon in Marlborough.

A Fire Service spokeswoman said there were no reports of damage so far, although an alarm activation may have been caused by the quake.

The quake shook the emergency services communications centre on the seventh floor of the police station on Victoria St in central Wellington for a good 30 seconds, she said.

Twitter was flooded with tweets about the quake in the minutes afterwards. 

One of those in flooding Twitter was none other than Gareth Hughes who was once again disaster chasing for political ends. Vile little arsehole.

 


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  • James

    GHIAFC?

    • richard.b

      I will cover everyone elses comments in one post.

      Upvote +1
      I aggree
      You are right
      Hear hear
      Well said
      and DOO DAH

      • Phil T Tipp

        You’re forgetting the whistle ♪ ♫ ♬ ♫

  • Sponge

    GH is a rat faced lying cunt.

  • OT Richter

    Not sure how his tweet is laying the blame on oil companies.

    • Justsayn

      Don’t ruin our desire to hate the green with your facts! You and your silly logarithmic scale.

    • manuka416

      He was suggesting that if they happened to be drilling in that location, there would be a spill because of the earthquake.

      • Justsayn

        Yes, but Whale was suggesting that he was blaming the oil companies for the earthquake (alluding to the fracking causes earthquakes argument). That he did not do, sadly.

        But let’s ridicule the zealot anyway.

        • manuka416

          Indeed.

        • Kimbo

          When I decided to vote in support of retaining MMP in the 2011 referndum I did so for two reasons.

          1. As much as I despise the Greens, I decided this is as much their country as mine, so they deserve a system of voting that gives them a reasoanble chance of parliamentary representation.

          2. As that is the last charity they will ever receive from me, I consider it my right and pleasure, by dint of the taxes I pay to indulde myself in the honourable and necessary practice of…”ridicule the zealot”. It is more wise that taking GH seriously

          • Mediaan

            A bit charitable, seems to me.

            It is the country of the jailbirds, murderers, drug dealers and generality of lowlifes too. I take it you will be defending their rights too, in the interests of getting them direct representation too …?

          • Kimbo

            Nope.

            Some people forfeit their right to representation.

      • Arran Hunt

        So GH is a fortune teller who knows there would have been a spill if there had been a drill there?

    • Dave

      Gee OT, Then perhaps GH’s tweet is blaming the Seagull that was flying over the epicenter at that exact time.

      • OT Richter

        I was comparing WO’s ‘headline’ with what the man-child actually said in his tweet. Suggest you read both again.

        • Dave

          OT That was my point!!!! Had the Man Child Tweeted. “5.7mag quake 30km east of Seddon proves its too risky for Anardarko to drill for oil near there”

          But he didn’t did he, he used language that can be interpreted as the fault of the Oil Companies. Communication is not a great skill of his, or he left the innuendo open for green idiots to interpret.

          He needs “hey Clunt” with him at all times!

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        It could have shat on an engineer or an electrician. Seagull shit stains! We can’t run that kind of risk with peoples’ hard earned fabrics.

    • rangitoto

      Even planned oil drilling causes earthquakes of course.

    • andrew carrot

      The Tweet GH will never send: “Gale force winds near giant Manawatu wind farm…very near where flocks of endangered birds want to live”

      • OT Richter

        Tweet you will hear: “When I grow up, I want to be like Russell”

  • Justsayn

    I suspect that the increase in drag on the land caused by the wind farms is adding to the natural forces causing the movement of tectonic plates and a real and direct causing of earthquakes. It has been a bit windy lately.

    • Andy

      In fact some NZ wind farms are on fault lines. Can’t wait for a big shake to knock them down.

      • Euan Ross-Taylor

        and the retort from the Greens. ‘Just as well that they weren’t oil platforms!’

        • Andy

          I think it only takes a few degrees of misalignment for a turbine to be rendered inoperational. In fact this is already a problem for offshore turbines that are subsiding on the sea bed.

          So it wouldn’t take much of a shake to bugger them up. That’s my guess. (and hope!)

          • grumpy

            Every action has an opposite and equal reaction. Thus is a wind turbine captures sufficient horizontal energy to product 1MW, then the opposite force is exactly what contributes to Justsayn above.
            Oil wells, on the other hand are static so could not possibly cause earthquakes.

  • Quintin Hogg

    What a jumped up little cock.

    • OT Richter

      If you are the Quintin that used to live in Browns Bay, then you sir, are the jumped up little cock.

      • Quintin Hogg

        Never lived in Browns Bay mate. At least not in this lifetime. You some sort of GH fanboi?

        • OT Richter

          That is good then, carry on. And no, I think GH is a jumped up little tosser.

          • Dave

            But, do you live in Browns Bay OT ??

          • OT Richter

            Not for the last 20 years. Still have family there though.

            But based on Mr Hogg’s behaviour, I do believe he is the same tosser I new from those days.

  • Polish Pride

    Uh perhaps your reading comprehension is a bit off this morning.
    The comment was not one blaming oil companies. It was pointing out that the Earthquake is near where they want to drill.
    The question and a valid one that should be answered is If a rig is drilling at/near the point of an earthquake (given NZs as shaky as someone with parkensons,) what are the risks?
    How big is the risk?
    How does the rig stand up to it?
    What safety procedures are there to cope with such an event if required?
    I am sure many Aucklander’s couldn’t give a shit, after all its not their beaches that would be affected in the event of a spill. Sort of like the rest of the country not really having a problem with Auckland’s traffic woes.
    It is however my beaches and surf spots.

    • tarkwin

      I see you take the the scratchings of a an expert in UFO’s as gospel. The guy is an alarmist wanker.

      • Polish Pride

        You don’t believe in UFOs Tarkwin?

        • tarkwin

          I didn’t believe in hobbits till I saw Andrew Little, so I have an open mind. I certainly wouldn’t call that a Qualification, but then again I’m not in the Greens.

        • rockape

          Of course , everyone believes in UFOs Unidentified flying objects. As a former pilot I have seen things I couldnt immediately identify. However dfo I believe their piloted by little Green men-no. Usually their is a reasonable explanation for what was unidentified.

          • Polish Pride

            Not sure what I have started here but I’ll continue to play…
            I DO believe in UFOs and yep piloted by Aliens. Why I don’t see how in the vastness of the entire Universe we can be the only place with intelligent life. And based on much of the ‘intelligent’ life that is on this planet it is not hard to draw the conclusion that there is likely to be intelligence out there in the universe that is eons vastly superior to ours. :)

          • rangitoto

            I believe there are pixies hiding at the bottom of my garden.

            There is no logic to the claim an unidentified flying object was seen, in any way implies aliens flying it. Look up non sequitur. There may well be other intelligent life out there but to draw any sort of conclusion you need actual evidence.

          • andrew carrot

            I bet their vast intelligence means they don’t vote Green.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      The answer to your question is that the oil platform shakes in direct proportion to the seabed they are sitting on – just like all those other platforms do off the coast of Taranaki.

      • OT Richter

        But can the rig tolerate the ground accelerations? The answer is yes, because it will be designed for the local & regional seismic conditions, with a decent safety factor thrown in for good measure.

        • Polish Pride

          Thanks It occurs to me that the big (perceived) problems could be solved far quicker and faster using a little knowledge and common sense on here, than they can through the political system.

          • grumpy

            Correct, you are indeed a slow learner.

    • GazzW

      You’re absolutely right PP, we Aucklanders don’t give a fuck about anyone south of the Bombays as is so well evidenced by our massive support for the people of Christchurch.

    • Arran Hunt

      Bite me with your anti-Auckland attitude. There is drilling occurring worldwide in earthquake areas, and procedures and technology to help prevent spills.

      Why do you think we wouldn’t care if beaches are covered in oil? Unlike you, many Aucklanders care about the entire country, not just our beaches and surf spots. Perhaps leave the running of the country and its care to us, and you can stick with your NIMBY,

      • Polish Pride

        Awwww sorry fellas looks like I hit a nerve there.
        Look if it makes you feel better I took a campervan holiday up north of Auckland last Xmas and saw the line of traffic crawling at a snails pace into Auckland back to Warkworth (Snells beach turnoff?? ) I felt really sorry for everyone and thought thank fark I was heading in the opposite direction. I have lived in Auckland and know what its like. The traffic was in fact the reason I left. I am from rural Otago though so we have a kind of moral obligation to knock Aucklanders. Don’t take it to heart
        Great to see it still gets that sort of response though. Beautiful, hook line and sinker sort of stuff ;)

        • Arran Hunt

          Haha I live in the central city for just that reason, the ability to walk to most places I want to go is fantastic. And not really a nerve, just a rare quiet day at work.

          And those cares are heading Omaha (or weekend Auckland) not Snells :)

    • grumpy

      I suppose you could look at deep water wells in Canterbury in a vastly more powerful quake – remember Richter is logarithmic.
      No effect – the steel casin flexes but the aquifers moved.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Just a question mr hughes ….If this is a valid fear, why haven’t there been any major spills, due to earthquakes, in the DECADES that we have been drilling in Taranaki??

    • Justsayn

      Just good luck John, just good luck.

      All things will happen if you wait long enough. In time there is bound to be a massive earthquake and Mt Egmont will erupt spewing lava all over the contaminated farmland. You can expect your precious hydrocarbon tunnels to gush oil all over the place. The lava is okay, in time you can mine that, it is really good ground cover for the garden, and you could toast marshmallows over it as well, but the oil, that is hard shit to clean up John.

      Clint, bring me my hemp sandals.

  • Dave Broad

    Clearly didn’t run that one past Clint.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    That shake was a rejuvenated Sheep marching. Watch out enemies.

  • Judith Collins

    You fucking idiots – he’s not blaming the companies for the earthquake at all, as moron Slater suggests. You people really are stupid.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Thanks for leaving your brain at home.

      • Man on Fire

        Your comment about sheep marching is moronic and thoughtless. Best you try and educate yourself before saying anything. It makes you look like less of a fool.

        • Dave

          WOW, such nastiness when people are showing a little humor. Suggest a happy pill washed down with a dose of reality, oh, and switching your computer off, a nice walk in the sunshine and some fresh air.

        • Justsayn

          Go on Nigel, think about it… why did he use a capital S.

        • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

          Understand MOF. I am thrilled to received your advice from the bottom of the gutter where your communist mates thrive.

          • rockape

            Yes but not up to your usual high standard of ridicule.

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            I am busy spinning the results of the latest Rouge Morgan poll. We have to find some positives out of this rockape…

          • Travis Poulson

            You much more interesting when you’re not pretending :)

    • Justsayn

      Really? Thanks very much for pointing that out Nigel.

    • Auto_Immune

      Dude, there’s a comma.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      Please go and inform your sheeple (all 3 of them), about those bad righties over at WO.

    • Travis Poulson

      Who shit your bed this morning

      • OT Richter

        Mother Hogg.

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          Yeah I read somewhere that Hels was invited back to the party.

          • Simo

            Was the UN trough a tempie……Go Hells ya old junkie the whiff of testosterone and a few young socialist minds to bend is irresistible

    • Hi Clint

      • Dave

        Has Clunt not learnt anything yet ??

    • Phil T Tipp

      Don’t feed the troll, kiddies.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      We know that. But he’s clearly making political hay out of it.
      Waka jumping soon, are we? :-)

  • Time For Accountability

    Gareth needs to look closer to home for polluters.

    A while back I followed the Dunedin co leader up some stairs to a flight from Dunedin Airport.

    My nose entered the airpace where someone I suspect was her popped one out that I walked through. Trust me it was not pleasant. The person behind commented about it to me as they too suffered.

    • rockape

      With a name like that you should have more accountability. When someone behind you comments passing blame to the person in front of you is low!

    • Dave

      So your really highlighting the hypocrisy of this, the green member emitting excess greenhouse gasses without a permit?

    • redeye

      Anyone who has had to share the cabin of a small truck for a long drive with a vegetarian will attest to major cause of greenhouse gases.

  • Bunswalla

    The earthquake was 19km underground – very shallow in ‘quake terms. Exactly how deep does the little weasel think drills go?

    I’ll tell you – fracking is conducted at betweem 1.5km and 6km. The deepest oil well in history (Sakahlin-1) is 12km deep.

  • jedmo

    “Anything to do with the offshore drilling I wonder”….comment on the Stuff article about the earthquake…either Green scare tactic, or gullible public who’s been misled by Green propoganda

  • Col

    The Greens have been covering up for years, that little RAT faced fucker FARTED and has been trying to blame it on someone else, reason for the quake, well that’s what I reckon, and I am smarter than him, right Clint?

  • Steve (North Shore)

    The Earthquake was 19 KM underground, same place the Green Taliban should be

  • Harvey Wilson

    It wasn’t oil drilling it was those fucking giant snails. PUT THEM BACK IN THE FRIDGE.

  • Bob

    Those franking cunts woke me up this morning. Mother frackers!

  • Mediaan

    Update. Sunday, today, another earthquake in a stream of them, near Seddon, that affected Wellington. I think news said the biggest was 5.8 but no damage.

    Come in, Mr Hughes….

    • Dave

      Its Sunday Mediaan, Mr Hughes is not accustomed to working let alone on a Sunday, and I doubt Clunt is there to tell him what to say.

      Besides, the little prick is probably flying somewhere again so he can get another free breakfast at Koru. Surely there is a green rally, or meeting somewhere in the world that deperately needs his attendance.

      If they were really green, they would not travel at all, but “appear” at conferences by way of video link.

      • Mediaan

        Videolink? Then they would have even less to do.

        The little greens have No Work to do, that is the trouble. No electorate, a few committee memberships but nothing much, no responsibilities.

        No work. Pair this with government-paid staff and government-paid offices. They are desperate to find something to do with their time.

        So, they wouldn’t go for videolink.

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