Series of quakes rocks central NZ

August 16, 2013

Geonet has recorded a series of earthquakes near Seddon.

The strongest measured 6.2.

Smaller ones rue recorded near Levin and Taihape.

NewsTalk ZB has live updates.


Australia, NZ – what’s the difference?

July 22, 2013

Where were those earthquake yesterday?

Over at Keeping Stock there’s a report from the Las Vegas-based Guardian Express:

A severe earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has erupted in an area 20 kilometers east of Seddon.

Seddon is a suburb 7 km west of Melbourne, Australia, with a population of about 4,851 people. It is located in the state of Victoria on the southeast tip of Australia.  The shock effects of the quake have been felt as far away as Napier, in Western Australia, 3,302 kilometers (2,066 miles) from Melbourne. . . .

Whoops.

KiwiinCanberra has the update:

Our publisher and editors deeply apologize for the errors in this article. To preserve our journalistic integrity, we have decided not to change one word of Tom Ukinski’s article. However, our team of reporters are working as fast as possible to provide you with the most accurate news and information covering the recent New Zealand earthquake. We expect to provide you with an update shortly, right here on this page.

Thanks for your patience. . . .

The original report gets a not-achieved for both geography and journalism, the apology gets a pass.

Foreigners often have trouble differentiating between the Australian and New Zealand accents.

Some think we’re connected to each other by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and others also don’t realise we’re separate countries.

Journalists and sub-editors are supposed to have a better grasp of geography than that though.


Perspective

July 22, 2013

Three years ago the news of a large earthquake in the top of the South and lower North Islands would have been even bigger news three years ago.

But the September 2010 and February 2011 and the thousands of others which followed them have changed our perspective.

Fortunately there have been no reported deaths or major injuries from last evening’s one and the smaller ones which preceded it.

Without in any way dismissing the fear and anguish of those who went through it and are still dealing with the aftershocks, especially people whose homes were damaged, and the hassles associated with trains not running and buildings which can’t be accessed, this was an upset, not a disaster.

Let’s hope it stays that way.


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