New Zealand Earthquake 2013

New Zealand Earthquake

On Sunday, July 21, 2013, an earthquake struck the country of New Zealand. The earthquake’s magnitude was a 6.5, and it hit without warning. The epicenter of the quake was 35 miles south of the capital city of Wellington. At first the earthquake was reported as a 6.9, but when the earthquake was analyzed, the magnitude was altered to 6.5. However, what made the earthquake unusual was the fact that the epicenter was actually a body of water.  The channel between the north and south islands of New Zealand was where the earthquake actually began.

The mayor of Wellington, a woman named Celia Wade-Brown reported that there were no deaths, and a few injuries that were reported with the earthquake. However, to be cautious, the mayor advised the residents to expect there to be delays because of the quake and to be careful as they made their way into the city to go to work. As far as the transportation into the city, the bus was running as normal, but the commuter trains were delayed while the crew inspected the lines to make sure there was no damage sustained with the quake.

The central city area was a bit more cautious, and advised people not to come in because of the earthquake. All employees, who work in the central city area, were advised to give their employers a call to see if they were going to be required to come into work or not.

Because of its location, this is not the first earthquake that New Zealand has experienced. The country of New Zealand is located near the Pacific Rim and has experienced many earthquakes in its past. The last earthquake to hit the country happened in 2011. In February of 2011, an earthquake struck the South Island in the city of Christchurch. The quake was a 6.3, and was powerful enough that it collapsed buildings all over the city and killed 185 people that were inside of those buildings.

On Sunday, the city of Wellington in New Zealand was the victim of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. There were no deaths reported in the earthquake, but a few people were injured and the quake caused delays all over the city of Wellington. The last time New Zealand was hit by an earthquake was 2011, when a 6.3 magnitude quake struck the city of Christchruch on the South Island that destroyed buildings and killed 185 people.

References:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/21/world/asia/new-zealand-earthquake

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/03/new-zealand-earthquake_n_1645819.html

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/12/new-zealand-earthquake-2012-6-3-quake-hits-new-zealand-s-northern-island-82873.html