'Sorry for moving your quake NZ'

OOPS: The story as is appears on the Guardian Express website.
OOPS: The story as is appears on the Guardian Express website.

An American reporter who rehomed New Zealand's damaging weekend earthquakes in Australia has apologised.

Tom Ukinski, who according to his Twitter profile is a state government attorney, wrote a story about Sunday's 6.5 magnitude quake, for Las Vegas-based website the Guardian Express. 

He pinpointed the tremor to Seddon - Melbourne.

After numerous commenters pointed the error out to the website, a half-hearted attempt was made to include New Zealand by tacking the country on to the end of the headline.

But, according to the story, the Marlborough suburb was still a locality of Melbourne.

"Seddon is a suburb 7 km west of Melbourne, Australia, with a population of about 4851 people," the website wrote.

"It is located in the state of Victoria on the southeast tip of Australia.  The shock effects of the quake have been felt as far away as Napier, in Western Australia, 3302 kilometres (2066 miles) from Melbourne.  

"This suggests that the path of the quake is along the southern part of Australia."

The story remains, and there it shall, as the Guardian Express apologised and said it would wear the mistake, to uphold its integrity.

"Our publisher and editors deeply apologise for the errors in this article. To preserve our journalistic integrity, we have decided not to change one word of Tom Ukinski's article."

At the top of the story though, the website did include correct detail from the Dominion Post.

Ukinski also personally said sorry to New Zealand for his "stupidity".

I sincerely apologize to the people of New Zealand for my stupidity.

— Tom Ukinski (@TomUkinski) July 21, 2013