5.1-magnitude earthquake jolts central NZ

The 5.1-magnitude earthquake was 17km deep.
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The 5.1-magnitude earthquake was 17km deep.

Central New Zealand has been jolted by a short and sharp earthquake.

The 5.1-magnitude quake hit about 2.42pm on Wednesday, 17 kilometres deep and 30km northeast of Seddon.

The quake was felt strongly in Wellington.

The quake was centred 30 kilometres northeast of Seddon.
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The quake was centred 30 kilometres northeast of Seddon.

Train services were briefly impacted, but were back to normal by about 3.05pm, though there would be some minor delays, Metlink said.

No damage has been reported along the Kaikoura coast, where workers are still clearing slips from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake last November.

Cosy Corner cook Nikita Maker said kitchen staff at the Seddon cafe felt the jolt while they were making pies.

"It brought back some old feelings, but we're fine," she said.

She said it was the biggest earthquake she had felt in a while.

"We've only had little wee jolts."

Seddon resident Pam Tawhara was sitting at her computer, looking up baking recipes when she felt the jolt.

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"It felt like a normal aftershock, then I thought 'bloody hell'," she said.

Tawhara gripped onto her desk and looked around for any objects that might fall on her. 

"It was a bit scary, there was a violent, thudding jolt and it went boom, boom, boom."

She said nothing had been damaged in the house. A couple of shelves rattled but nothing fell off, she said.

Seddon woman Wendy Caughley said she got quite a shock when the quake struck.

"I hate them, I absolutely hate them," she said. "I never used to mind them, but now we get them all the time."

She was at home alone when she heard the earthquake coming – a long, loud rumble that she thought was heavy vehicles in the vineyard across the road.

"Then an ornament fell off the wall, and the dog ran outside and I ran outside too. I think we're just going to sit out here until my husband gets home from work."

The power and water was still going, so damage seemed to be minimal, she said. "Last time I was in the lounge and all my shelves fell down. So this was not a big one, but it still gave me a fright."

A Marlborough District Council spokeswoman said there were no reports of damage from the quake, but the council would continue to monitor the situation.

Marlborough Lines network operations manager Warner Nichol said they had not received any reports of damage or power outages following the quake.

A large power outage in Nelson shortly after the jolt was not caused by the quake.

 - The Marlborough Express

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