M 6.5 Earthquake, 46km ESE of Blenheim, New Zealand

Jul 21, 2013 5:09 AM UTC
U.S. Geological Survey
Alert area: 35 miles (56 km) SSW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand; 112 miles (181 km) SSW of Palmerston North, New Zealand; 145 miles (233 km) E of Westport, New Zealand

Posted Jul 21, 2013 7:40 AM UTC

An earthquake with magnitude 6.5 occurred near WELLINGTON, New Zealand at 05:09:31.27 UTC on Jul 21, 2013. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
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  • Expect aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.
  • Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.

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