Quake wakes Marlborough

Last updated 07:32 21/07/2013
A Geonet map showing the epicentres of many of this morning's quakes with the 5.8 event highlighted.

ALL SHOOK UP: A Geonet map showing the epicentres of many of this morning's quakes with the 5.8 event highlighted.

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People in Marlborough received a rude awakening when a swarm of quakes, including a magnitude 5.8, hit the region just after 7am.

The magnitude 5.8 quake was centred 19km off the coast of Seddon at a depth of 25km.

A pre-quake, of magnitude 4.2 at 7.04am was also felt, as were two aftershocks, a magnitude 4.3 at 7.20am and magnitude 4.4 at 7.30am.


By 8.13am, Geonet had recorded a series of 30 aftershocks.

There had been no immediate reports of damage, with most of the comments on Facebook relating to people being shaken awake.

One Blenheim man described the big earthquake as a strong jolt followed by a rolling motion for about 15 seconds.

The quake, listed as severe by Geonet was felt around the country, as far away as Taranaki.

Winemaker Peter Yealands said there appeared to be no damage at the Seddon winery.

He was having breakfast at his Seaview home near Seddon when the quake hit, he said.

“It went on for about a minute, it was quite unnerving,” he said.

The quake was stronger than the 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the region on Friday at 9.06am.

There did not appear to be any damage to the winery, although some wine had sloshed out of the tanks on to the floor, he said.

Supervalue Seddon shop assistant Michaela Baillie said a few things fell off the shelves during the quake this morning.

“It was quite sharp and scary, it was certainly worse than the quake on Friday.”


Civil Defence emergency services officer Gary Spence said there had been no reports of damage, following the quake.

"I've talked to the sector manager from Seddon and it sounds like it was pretty much like Friday, a few things off the shelves in the supermarket, but no injury and no severe damage," Mr Spence said.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the region on Friday at 9.06am. It was 8 km deep and also centred 30km east of Seddon, in Cook Strait.

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- The Marlborough Express


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