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New Zealand: shaken and unshaken

While the USA was experiencing a political earthquake, down at the ends of the earth in New Zealand we were experiencing the real thing.

Ben Carswell

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New Zealand Defence Force evacuates people in Kaikoura | photo: NZDF

At 12.02am on Monday 14 November, simultaneously two earthquakes of magnitude 7.6–7.8 struck New Zealand. Although the epicentre was in a rural part of the South Island, their impact was felt throughout the country. 150 miles away in Wellington, we were woken by the quakes and immediately aware these weren’t the regular ‘normal’ earthquakes we experience in these ‘Shaky Isles’.