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Aftershocks continue to shake Seddon, central New Zealand - TVNZ

Published: 6:15AM Saturday August 17, 2013 Source: ONE News

Aerial footage captures Seddon damage

Aerial footage captures Seddon damage

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It has been a night of aftershocks around Seddon, following the big 6.6 earthquake yesterday.

The largest shake of the night came just before 3am, registering magnitude 4.7.

There have been several other shocks greater than magnitude 4 and dozens of tremors between magnitude 3 and 4.

All of them have been centred to the south and the east of Seddon, with depths ranging between five and 20 kilometres.

The aftershocks come as the region was hit by the initial 6.6 quake at a depth of 8km yesterday.

It was centred 10.8 kilometres south-east of Seddon at 2.31pm.

It was felt widely in Wellington and further afield and was has been followed by many sharp aftershocks.

No major damage was reported but police said yesterday that a number of incidences involving broken glass were reported in the wider Wellington area.

However, further damage to a lift shaft in a central Wellington parking building means it will be demolished as soon as possible.

Work on bringing the James Smith's structure is urgent after council engineers saw it swaying terrifyingly during one of yesterday's aftershocks.

Around 100 people are likely to be impacted by the evacuation of four or five surrounding buildings, which hold apartments, a bar and a charity organisation.

'Be prepared'

The mayor of Wellington says the better prepared people are, the more relaxed they will feel.

Celia Wade-Brown says people should make sure they, their children, elderly parents and neighbours know what to do and know who to contact.

She said that people should make sure their phones are charged and have a radio with batteries.

She says it's a good time to check on neighbours and family members.

Trains to start running

Wellington's trains are expected to be back running as normal this morning.

All the rail lines in the capital were closed yesterday after the large quake.

KiwiRail says inspections have found no damage to the lines, so unless there is another large jolt, services will resume as normal this morning.

There is no structural damage to the Wellington Railway Station.

Tranz Metro says its website will be updated regularly and if anything changes it will let passengers know online and through its text messaging system.

- with Newstalk ZB

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