Friday, December 21, 2007

New Zealand quake - Emergency declared

The North Island of New Zealand has been hit by a 6.4 earthquake with shocks felt as far as Wellington, 380 km to the South-West. The USGS put the epicentre near to Gisborne, a relatively sparsely populated area of the island [38.804S, 177.909E]. The large quake, which some news agencies reported as 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck at 20:55 [07:55 GMT] on Thursday. Although no deaths have yet been reported there has been substantial damage prompting a State of Emergency to be declared []. CNN has shown pictures of some of the damage, but the story is far from major news on most UK networks [BBC Video]

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