Open Post: Big 6.2 Quake in Wellington Region

The Wellington region has experienced a large earthquake this afternoon.

A severe earthquake has rocked the Wellington region and the top of the South Island.

There were early reports of a house collapsing in Seddon, Marlborough. Geonet said the quake measured 6.2, 10km south east of Seddon at a depth of 8km. Initial reports said the quake was 6.9.

A magnitude 5.7 aftershock centred 5km southeast of Seddon and 8km deep hit about six minutes later. 

Another large aftershock, magnitude 5.6, struck at 2.45pm. It was centred 15km southeast of Seddon at a depth of 5km.

People in Wellington said the quake was very strong and all train services in the region have been cancelled.

There was no tsunami generated, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Feel Free to update details in comments.

UPDATE: Wellington is paralysed because the trains are buggered indefinitely and they haven’t got enough buses to utilise the totally undamaged motorway system. Public transport is soooo cool…for other people.


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