Quake con­jures mem­o­ries of Christchurch

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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