South Is­land earth­quake rocks Waikato re­gion

South Waikato News - - Your Health - FLORENCE KERR AND AU­DREY MALONE

A se­vere 7.5 quake that struck the South Is­land shook Waikato res­i­dents awake on Mon­day.

Res­i­dents on Waikato and Bay of Plenty coasts were ini­tially warned that a tsunami could strike but that warn­ing was quickly down­graded to a ma­rine and beach threat.

In Hamil­ton, build­ings swayed and sub­ur­ban pools sloshed out onto lawns.

‘‘Zero jobs are wait­ing for us,’’ Hamil­ton Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Dean An­der­son said shortly af­ter the quake hit at 12.05am. ‘‘It’s very strange.’’ Po­lice were on stand-by to as­sist any­one who needed help to evac­u­ate.

The fourth floor of the sta­tion was shak­ing quite a bit when the quake hit, An­der­son said.

‘‘One guy was near the top floor, raced down to the bot­tom and saw the whole build­ing sway.’’ Chloe Bruce

Pun­ters at Hamil­ton’s casino were won­der­ing if they had in­dulged a bit too much when the shak­ing started.

Chloe Bruce, who was on the grave­yard shift at a Z ser­vice sta­tion had Waikato Hos­pi­tal staff come in.

‘‘[The earth­quake] was in­sanely big,’’ Bruce said.

Em­ploy­ees at the hos­pi­tal said the build­ing was ‘‘rolling’’.

‘‘One guy was near the top floor, raced down to the bot­tom and saw the whole build­ing sway. He went in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.’’

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