Published on : Monday, January 20, 2014
The quake was widely felt in Wellington. The quake struck at (1.52pm AEDT), at 34 kilometres south-south-east of Palmerston North at a depth of 28 kilometres.
There were no major damages reported. A Giant eagle resting on the roof of the Wellington Airport fell down during the tremor however it suffered no injuries. Palmerston North and lower Hawke’s Bay with the odd chimney have receives small damages. The whole Eketahuna was rattled by the tremours but that was the extent to which the earthquake was felt. Tranz Metro has suspended all train services in Wellington.
Residents were really shaken as their flat TV screens started rolling and shaking for 30 seconds. The TV sets began swaying, creaking and groaning but nothing was broken despite the chaos. Fridge and microwaves toppled off on the floor
They felt that this was the biggest quake that they have ever experienced. People who were busy shopping were panic stricken and ran in frenzy outside the malls or took shelter under covers to protect themselves from the quake.
The police received maximum calls from the Eketahuna area, though the quake did not cause any injury but the effect of the quake was being ascertained.