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12 Aug 2019 | 11:46 AM UTC

New Zealand: 5.4-magnitude earthquake strikes near Queenstown August 12

New Zealand News Alert

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hits 81 km (50 mi) northwest of Queenstown August 12; aftershocks possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Auckland). COUNTRY/REGION Queenstown

Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.4-magnitude earthquake near Queenstown on Monday, August 12, at 10:35 (local time). The earthquake struck approximately 81 km (50 mi) northeast of Queenstown at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days. 

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, prepare for aftershocks, and anticipate localized infrastructure damage and transportation disruptions.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights

 

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