Strong quake strikes New Zealand's capital
A shallow quake was felt throughout much of central New Zealand, but no injuries were reported.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A strong earthquake Friday rocked New Zealand's capital city of Wellington but there were no initial reports of injuries or significant damage.
The magnitude-5.3 temblor struck just after 9 a.m. and was widely felt throughout central New Zealand. It was strong enough to knock items off shelves and lasted about 20 seconds.
The United States Geological Survey reported that the quake was centered 34 kilometers east of Blenheim at a relatively shallow depth of 16 kilometers. Shallow earthquakes tend to feel more severe on the surface.
New Zealand is part of the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" that receives regular seismic activity. A severe earthquake in the city of Christchurch in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city's downtown.
MSN can't seem to get much of anything right. Two fumbles in one article which really isn't all that bad for them, come to think of it. First, a 5.3 shake isn't all that much if you're from California or Alaska. Second, right in the middle of the article, is a headline that New Zealand wants to get rid of pet cats. If you click on the headline, or fell for the last time MSN put out this drivel, you learn that one (1) loony tune nutcase wants to get rid of them and that around 60% of Kiwi homes have cats.
This is far from the only time MSN got its' mouth in high while its' brain was in park but they don't often cluster their stupidity so nicely. My theory is that MSN has some 15 year old cobbling this stuff together and I sure wish they'd try to find and hire an adult.
A strong shallow quake? Eat dung and die you pathetic want to be reporters.