Wellington Scoop

Severe quakes measure 6.5 and 5.8; all morning trains cancelled

Wellington was today shaken by two earthquakes which Geonet described as severe.

This morning at 7.17am the city was shaken by a quake with a magnitude of 5.8.

This afternoon a quake of 6.5 was recorded at 5.09pm.

Both were again centred out at sea 30 km east of Seddon.

The morning quake was 19 km beneath the earth’s surface. Geonet reported some damage in Wellington and Marlborough.

The quake kicked off another series of aftershocks and by 2pm there had been nine greater than magnitude 4.

This afternoon’s big quake was at a depth of 17 km.

It was followed by many more aftershocks including one of 5.5 magnitude only four minutes later.

Radio NZ reports details of some damage in Wellington, and some road closures.

Tranz Metro has cancelled all Monday morning trains till it has completed checking tracks. It says it has no buses available.

A weekend of earthquakes.