5.4 magnitude quake rattles nerves

Last updated 05:00 30/07/2013

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A "severe" quake in Cook Strait early yesterday caused damage around Wellington and was felt as far away as Auckland.

The 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 1.07am, just over a week after a 6.5-magnitude Cook Strait earthquake. It was 12 kilometres deep and 20km east of Seddon, and followed by a swarm of smaller quakes.

More than 1500 people, mainly in the upper South Island and lower North Island, reported feeling the quake. It was also felt in Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga.

At least one person reported some damage, but police and the Fire Service said they were unaware of any reports.

"I certainly wouldn't be surprised if this earthquake knocked items off shelves," GeoNet seismologist John Ristau said.

As it was not a large quake, the GNS forecasts for future earthquakes had not moved significantly. There was a 2 per cent chance of a magnitude 6 or higher earthquake in the 24 hours immediately after the quake, with the percentage increasing to 6 per cent in the next seven days.

There is a 25 per cent chance of a significant earthquake in the next year, which is unchanged from before yesterday morning's shake.

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- The Dominion Post

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