New Zealand shaken by 5.8 magnitude earthquake
New Zealand has been rattled by its biggest earthquake this year, a 5.8 magnitude tremor striking near the heart of the country.
The strong earthquake was centred just off the Marlborough Sounds between North and South Islands, startling Kiwis at 9.07pm on Thursday. There have been no immediate reports of serious damage.
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More than 44,000 Kiwis reported the tremor to monitoring agency GeoNet, while others reported their experiences on social media.
“I’m on the 3rd floor in Wgtn (Wellington) city at a reunion. We are freaking,” Twitter user Sally-ann wrote.
“I was almost diving under the wee coffee table for that one,” another said.
“Jesus! Knocked a painting off the wall,” Pearl wrote.
Jeff Tollan described his experience at a Wellington rooftop bar.
“At drag bingo at Dirty Little Secret when an earthquake hits. The host asks ‘do you want us to stop’,” he tweeted.
“Everyone says ‘no’, and life continues…”
The depth was measured at 51km below sea level.
“You might have felt that shake!” GeoNet’s Twitter account posted.
“Caused by a M5.8 earthquake in the Marlborough region. It was moderately deep and felt over a wide area – typical of earthquakes of this size and depth.”
Based on GeoNet reports, Kiwis felt the quake most strongly in the capital, up the North Island’s Kapiti coast, and along the top of the South Island.
One dead in Mexico earthquake
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake also struck western Mexico on Thursday, claiming the life of a woman in Mexico City who fell and hit her head as residents evacuated their homes during the country’s second major temblor this week.
The Mexico City government said the woman stumbled on the stairs of her home in the city’s central Doctores neighbourhood as quake alarms rang out and buildings began to shake early on Thursday.
Elsewhere around the country, there were no immediate reports of serious damage, authorities said.
The quake, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) first measured at magnitude 7.0, was weaker and deeper than Monday’s temblor, striking at a depth of 20.7km.
In Mexico City’s Roma Sur neighbourhood, alarmed residents ran outdoors in night dresses and pajamas, some wrapped only in blankets. Neighbours comforted each other, holding crying children and pets, as the quake alarm sounded four times.
The epicentre of Thursday’s earthquake, which struck at around 1.16am local time, was logged in the state of Michoacan, not far from Monday’s temblor.
Mexico’s civil protection authorities and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said there were no initial reports of damage in Michoacan or the surrounding regions.
Monday’s magnitude 7.6 quake struck on the anniversary of deadly earthquakes in 1985 and 2017, killing two people in the Pacific port of Manzanillo.
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