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Quake felt across central New Zealand

July 4, 2011

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 A graphic showing the impact of the quake.
A GeoNet map showing the near real-time shaking intensity from New Zealand’s network of seismographs. Taken a short time after this afternoon’s North Island quake.

LATEST: A deep earthquake measuring 6.5 has been widely felt across the lower North Island, but there were no initial reports of damage.

GNS Science said the earthquake was a magnitude 6.5, centred 150km deep, 30km west of Taupo. It struck at 3.36pm.

Initial reports on GNS’ website show the quake was felt in Wellington, Nelson, New Plymouth and up to the Coromandel.

GNS volcanologist Brad Scott said although the earthquake was centred near Taupo it was more likely felt on the east coast of both islands.Quake

Dr Scott said the quake was below the plate boundary, and the volcanic zone of the central North Island would have absorbed much of the energy.

There have been reports of it being broadly felt along the east coast in Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, but not in Taupo, he said.

Terri Burling said she was in a filing room at Hutt Valley District Health Board when the quake hit and the walls moved.

“It lasted about four to five seconds. It was a rolling motion not a sudden jolt.”

Sharlene Wairau, from Wairoa in the Hawke’s Bay described the quake as “strong, hard and long”.

Civil Defence have not received any reports of significant damage, a spokesman said.

Brian Ferris, of Geonet, said they were not expecting reports of damage from the quake, although it was felt widely.

Sharlene Wairau, from Wairoa in the Hawke’s Bay described the quake as “strong, hard and long”.

“I was in the shed at the time. Raining all day as well [and] when it finished the birds were chirping.”

The quake was in a region where earthquake were expected, Ferris said.

“We normally get about two or three of these deep quakes each year.”

Aftershocks were not expected, he said. The earthquake was too deep to affect Mt Ruapehu.

Mark Jennings said he had lived in Wellington for ten years and today’s quake was the strongest he had felt.

“[It was] an interesting sensation compared to the previous ones here.”

“This quake made the house roll in an anti clockwise sensation. Like a big, slow, single hoola-hoop role, type, motion.”

Joanne Adams, from Alton just outside Patea, in South Taranaki, said the quake was a “very mild swinging type”.

“[There were] a couple of whoozy swings.”

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