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Earthquake Strikes Napier/Hastings Damage Reported

Hastings earthquake

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred at 23:25 near Hastings today. Damage has been reported, with details yet to be confirmed.

Some damage has been reported such as items falling off shelves but further details are not yet confirmed.

The Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, John Hamilton, said that the National Crisis Management Centre has not been activated however the Duty Team is monitoring the situation and will coordinate Central Government response if required.

Hastings Civil Defence have activated its emergency plan and is working to provide a response to the earthquake.

Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly. (Visit What to do in an earthquake for information about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Earthquake details:
Location: 10 km south-west of Hastings
NZ Origin time: 23:25 NZST
Co-ordinates: 39.70S 176.78E
Depth: 30 km
Magnitude*: 5.9

* The above magnitude is provisional and may be adjusted as more seismic data becomes available.

The Ministry will release further information as soon as it becomes available.

Useful websites

www.civildefence.govt.nz

www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/

http://www.getthru.govt.nz/What-to-do-in-an-earthquake.75.0.html

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