5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck 30km north west of Wanaka, on the
South Island of New Zealand. Hundreds of people felt tremors,
registered by the local geological hazard information service as
were no immediate reports of damage after the initial quake struck at
2:29pm local time. The USGS registered the depth of the quake at
second and lighter 3.4 tremor followed about 10 minutes later. It was
located 20km west of Wanaka at a depth of 11km.
gave us all a bit of a shock,” Wanaka
Tourism Office general manager James Helmore told Fairfax NZ
News, as shaking persisted for some 15 seconds.
may be some minor damage in plastering” he
said, but there was none he could see at that moment.
media is also reporting evacuation at the Wanaka Puzzling World
was significant, we evacuated quick because we didn't know whether it
was going to get worse,” Heidi
Landsborough of Puzzling World said. “It
was a bit difficult because we had a few people who thought it was
part of the experience.”
geohazards information manager Kevin Fenaughty told Fairfax NZ News
that no structural damage is expected as a result of this
earthquake. Moderate shaking was also felt in Dunedin, Alexandra
and Queenstown on the South Island.
Zealand partially lies on the eastern margin of the Australia plate
which is one of the most seismically active areas of the world, due
to the convergence of the Australia and Pacific plates.