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

July 21, 2013 at 5:09:31 AM +0000
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 July 21, 2013 at 7:40:11 AM +0000

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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