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New Zealand (NZ) Earthquake 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


New Zealand was hit with with a major earthquake today but so far no major damage was reported. Earthquakes in New Zealand are frequent, I'm not sure though if it's the first major New Zealand Earthquake for the year 2009.

Here are excerpts from a couple of sources about New Zealand Earthquake:

New Zealand Earthquake News from CNN:

(CNN) -- A major earthquake struck off the coast of New Zealand's South Island Wednesday night, rattling residents and prompting a tsunami warning that was later canceled.

The 7.8-magnitude quake generated a small, 6-inch tsunami in Jackson Bay, on the west coast of South Island and a 2-inch tsunami reported in the Tasman Sea to the north of the epicenter, according to the the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

New Zealand Earthquake News from Inquirer:
WELLINGTON—A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwest coast of New Zealand on Wednesday, US seismologists said, prompting a brief tsunami warning but no casualties or major damage.

The epicenter of the undersea quake was located about 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of the city of Invercargill, on South Island, at a depth of about 35 kilometers, the US Geological Survey reported. It struck at 0922 GMT.

Here's more information about the New Zealand earthquake today from www.geonet.org.nz



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