New Zealand 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake – Second Tremor at 6.1 Magnitude

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[Best Syndication News] An earthquake rated initially at a 7.8 magnitude shook the south-west coast of New Zealand today, July 15,2009 at 09:22:29 UTC. It was downgraded to a 7.6 magnitude rating by the USGS.

Because of the location being at west coast of New Zealand's South Island people were advised to move to higher ground after receiving warnings of a low-level tsunami. The evacuations were cancelled after an hour and the officials lowered it down to a "small boat alert."

There was an second earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 approximately 20 minutes later.

There were cracks reported in buildings and items fell off of store shelves. There were power and phone lines that were broken. No injuries were reported.

New Zealand has around 14,000 earthquakes a year, most of them are not felt by people living there. There are around 10 each year that cause damage.

By: Marlene Donor

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