Natural disaster jolts central New Zealand

Lester Mason
September 21, 2017

"Moderate shaking" was created by the stronger quake, Geonet, the country's natural disaster report website, said.

New Zealand has been hit by a powerful 6.1 magnitude quake, with a second 5.1 striking near its capital, Wellington.

New Zealand was struck by a huge quake in Christchurch in 2011 when more than 2,000 people were injured and 185 people killed.

The two quakes were an hour apart but were not related, a seismologist confirmed.

She added that although earthquakes can trigger aftershocks nearby, it's unlikely to have caused the second quake in New Zealand. It was subsequently felt all around the South Island.

Train services stopped running in Wellington after the 6.1 magnitude natural disaster struck 140 miles west of Auckland Island at a shallow depth of six miles.

According to Geonet, the quake hit at 1.43 p.m., 585 km south-west of Invercargill at a depth of 12 km.

A resident of Ward in south Marlborough said this afternoon's quake did little more than rattle their old wooden home.

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