Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I feel the earth move under my feet

Actually, I was fast asleep when an earthquake measuring 5.9 struck Hastings at 11.25pm last night, so I didn't feel a thing. The quake was centred 10km southwest of Hastings at a depth of 30km, and caused items to fall off shelves, and furniture to move around. People have felt it as far away as Feilding.

Hastings Civil Defence took the precaution of activating its emergency plan, but the area got off lightly with few reports of damage. The National Crisis Management Centre hadn't been activated, however, the response team was monitoring the situation.

Police in Hastings and Napier said they had not heard of any significant damage as a result of the quake, but there were reports of brief power outages in some suburbs.

There was an aftershock measuring 3.5 ten minutes later as well.

Stuff article - http://www.stuff.co.nz/4668752a11.html
GeoNet quake report - http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/2958743g.html

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