July 21, 2013. In New Zealand, near the capital Wellington was an earthquake, which damaged the parliament building and caused a brief cessation of trains.
6.5 magnitude quake lasted about a minute. Its center was located 57 kilometers south of the coast at a depth of about 10 km.
Authorities said there is no danger of a tsunami, despite the damage caused to buildings and power lines.
The earthquake occurred at 17:09 local time, and the impetus was felt as far north up to the Auckland region.
In Wellington in many buildings in the center of broken windows in shops goods falling from the shelves, some burst water main pipes, but no casualties were reported.
A resident of Wellington James Barwell said that the quake led to power outages in the suburbs of the capital and the temporary closure of the airport.
«Some damage was everywhere is broken glass, — said he told the BBC BBC. — At first, people panicked screams sounded, everyone thought that repeated Christchurch».
In February 2011, as a result of an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 near Christchurch killed 185 people.
Over the past few days in the south of the northern part of New Zealand, there were several aftershocks.
New Zealand is located in a seismic region tectonic fault in the Pacific, where often there are powerful volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. On average, the country is experiencing more than 14 thousand aftershocks, of which only 20 have a magnitude of more than 5 points.
In New Zealand, a powerful earthquake
July 21, 2013. United States Geological Survey recorded the earthquake off the coast of New Zealand’s 6.9 magnitude. Aftershocks occurred near the Seddon and the capital Wellington. According to the official portal for geological measurements in New Zealand Geonet, there were no casualties.