Friday, January 21, 2005

Shaky start to Friday


It was a shaky start to Friday for many in Wellington and the Hutt Valley with a strongly felt earthquake jolting the region just before 8am.

The quake, centred within 5km of Upper Hutt, measured 5.5 on the Richter Scale and struck at 7.56am. It was 30km deep.

Just minutes later at 8.02am a second quake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale was recorded in the same location but 25km deep, GNS said.

The quake triggered fire alarms, there are reports of minor damage and some trains were delayed.

This morning's quake followed a flurry of seismic activity in the lower North Island on Tuesday when 10 earthquakes were recorded over a 10-hour period - the biggest reaching 5.3 on the Richter scale and seven centred 40km southeast of Martinborough in the Wairarapa.
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