Quake conjures memories of Christchurch
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake south of Opunake that rocked the lower North and upper South islands was felt by Tokoroa Cargill Open Plan School principal Rhonda Rayner, who was in New Plymouth at the time.
‘‘The house felt like it was rolling. It was a gentle roll but unnerving as it went for what felt like a long time and we kept expecting it to get worse. All I could think about was Christchurch. A mirror on the wall was rocking back and forth, flowers in a vase on the table were shaking, a wooden dining chair bounced up and down, clothes on a clothes airer were swaying. Apparently it lasted 30 seconds which feels like a long time when you are in it,’’ she said.
The earthquake which was a magnitude 7.0 was centred 230km deep and 60 km from Opunake in South Taranaki.
Although there were no fatalities or injuries it was the largest quake to rock the area in 120 years.
A 5.7 magnitude quake struck near Turangi on the weekend. There were no reports of any injuries.