22 Jul 2013

Morning Report: local papers

7:13 am on 22 July 2013

Monday's headlines: Quake swarm magnitudes much higher thjis time; Seddon residents advised to boil water; pet lamb stolen and set on fire in Dunedin.

NZ Herald

Pictures from the magnitude 6.5 earthquake in central New Zealand on Sunday lead The New Zealand Herald. The paper says four people were injured, buildings and apartments in Wellington were damaged, and trains and flights cancelled.

The paper says Wellington residents who work in the central city are advised to stay at home on Monday, until the extent of the damage to buildings is assessed.

Waikato Times

The Waikato Times has more pictures and detail of the earthquake.

GNS Science Research seismologist Stephen Bannister told the paper there have been more than 230 tremors in the area of Sunday's earthquake since Friday.

In other news: the paper says an informal poll shows nearly two out of three Hamilton residents don't know who the mayor is, and only a quarter can name more than one city councillor.

Dominion Post

'20 seconds of terror' is the headline in The Dominion Post, which has a large picture of people dropping for cover at the Kilbirnie sports centre. Parts of Wellington central are still cordoned off, as the damage is assessed.

The Fire Service had more than 60 callouts and had to rescue three groups of people stuck in apartment lifts, following the quake.

At least three buildings have been deemed unsafe, including the city council and regional council buildings and the Mercure Hotel, which has sunk by 5cm in one corner.

The Press

The Press has a map showing the quake's epicentre, close to the town of Seddon. The quake caused landslips along State Highway One and burst waterpipes in the Marlborough region.

A Civil Defence spokeswoman told the paper that power had been restored to 80% of Seddon by 9pm, but residents were being advised to boil water.

GNS scientist Caroline Holden said the region where the quake was centred is prone to earthquake swarms. She says a similar event happened in 2005, but the magnitudes of this swarm are much higher.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says a $15 million retirement village complex is planned for Oamaru. The first stage of the complex would include units with up to 3 bedrooms, some apartments and rest-home care beds.

And a pet lamb that was stolen and set on fire, was later dumped at the doorstep of its Corstorphine owners in Dunedin.