New Zealand rocked by strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake as a ‘powerful tremor’ strikes Wellington

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck 585kilometres southwest of Invercargill
The quake was initially classified as a strong quake hitting at depth of 10km
Tremors may have been felt in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill and Lumsden
The quake was followed by a 5.1 magnitude quake which was felt in Wellington

20 September 2017

New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck southwest of Invercargill, followed by a 5.1 magnitude quake northeast of Seddon.

The quake caused ‘moderate shaking’ reported Geonet.

Initial classifications called it a strong quake, hitting 585km southwest of Invercargill at a depth of 10km.
Tremors may have been felt in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden, Roxburgh, Te Anau and Tuatapere, while the Seddon quake was felt strongly in Wellington.

New Zealand authorities have issued a reminder to ‘drop, cover, and hold’ in the event of an earthquake.

The second quake was strong enough to be felt in nation’s capital, with Metlink Wellington reporting all trains have been stopped.

A seismologist said the two quakes – which hit exactly an hour apart – were not linked.

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