Earthquake onslaught

There has been a mass of earthquakes ranging from North Canterbury to the Wellington region, with the biggest ones near Culverden (7.5), Kaikoura (two at 6.2), Seddon (5.3), Wellington (5.3)  and Paraparaumu (4.9).

So far there have been 27 quakes rated severe or strong since midnight.

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‘Casualties’ have started to be reported:

Police say one casualty has been reported at a collapsed property in Kaikoura.

Updated – two confirmed fatalities so far.

There was a tsunami warning and 2.5 metre waves were recorded at Kaikoura but that has now been downgraded.

Aftershocks are continuing, and damage is just being assessed in many areas as daylight breaks.

Many roads are closed. Photos are emerging of widespread road damage. A slip has blocked a rail tunnel and the twin road tunnels on the Kaikoura coast road. And the Waiau River bridge may be damaged – this is the main access to Hamner Springs.

The Cook Strait ferries have been stopped and crossings have been cancelled. The passenger bridge in Wellington has been damaged.

Wellingtonians have been advised not to come to work today. Damage in city extensive

People are being advise to stay out of the Wellington CBD until damage has been assessed.

And gale force winds are forecast for central New Zealand today.

Leader rd Kaikoura

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So far 30+ (updated) earthquakes rated ‘strong’ and ‘severe’ (there have been many smaller ones), all quite shallow:

  • 7.5 – 12:02:56 am 15 km north-east of Culverden
  • 5.6 – 12:16:10 am 5 km west of Culverden
  • 5.9 – 12:19:32 am 45 km north of Kaikoura
  • 5.6 – 12:24:17 am 40 km north of Kaikoura
  • 6.2 – 12:32:06 am 15 km north of Kaikoura
  • 5.6 – 12:41:48 am 20 km south-east of Seddon
  • 6.2 – 12:52:44 am 25 km north of Kaikoura
  • 5.2 – 1:03:53 am 15 km south-east of Seddon
  • 5.3 – 1:04:21 am 15 km south-east of Wellington
  • 4.9 – 1:11:59 am 15 km south-east of Seddon
  • 4.9 – 1:21:10 am 5 km east of Paraparaumu
  • 5.2 – 1:25:55 am 10 km north of Culverden
  • 5.2 – 1:27:59 am 10 km north-east of Kaikoura
  • 4.7 – 1:31:25 am 15 km east of Seddon
  • 5.2 – 1:37:43 am 25 km west of Kaikoura
  • 5.3 – 1:38:38 am 15 km east of Seddon
  • 5.1 – 1:52:18 am 15 km north-east of Kaikoura
  • 4.6 – 2:12:31 am 10 km south of Seddon
  • 6.0 – 2:31:26 am 15 km north of Kaikoura
  • 5.1 – 2:50:01 am 20 km south-east of Seddon
  • 4.8 – 3:07:22 am 10 km north-west of Culverden
  • 4.9 – 3:08:42 am 20 km west of Culverden
  • 5.3 – 4:33:03 am south-east of Seddon
  • 4.9 – 4:58:01 am 15 km south-east of Seddon
  • 5.1 – 6:17:41 am 10 km south-east of Kaikoura
  • 4.9 – 7:21:41 am 10 km west of Seddon
  • 5.2 – 7:34:26 am 20 km south-east of Seddon
  • 4.8 – 7:58:08 am 10 km north of Wellington
  • 5.4 – 7:58:46 am 10 km south-east of Seddon
  • 5.3 – 7:59:08 am 15 km east of Kaikoura

Remember that these are just earthquakes rated strong or severe and excludes ‘moderate’ and less.

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The per-year movements are averages, the actual movements tend to be far less frequent and larger.