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2013 Seddon earthquake is located in New Zealand
2013 Seddon earthquake
Magnitude 6.5 Mww
Depth 13 kilometres (8 mi)
Epicenter 41°37′S 174°20′E / 41.61°S 174.33°E / -41.61; 174.33
Areas affected New Zealand
Tsunami None
Casualties 4 people injured

The 2013 Seddon earthquake measured 6.5 on the Mww scale and was centred in New Zealand's Cook Strait, around 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the town of Seddon in Marlborough. The earthquake struck at 5:09:30 pm on Sunday 21 July 2013 (05:09 UTC) at a depth of 13 kilometres (8 mi), according to Geonet. The United States Geological Survey also measured the quake at 6.5, at a depth of 17 kilometres (11 mi). The quake caused moderate damage in the wider Marlborough area and Wellington, the nation's capital city 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of the epicentre. Only minor injuries were reported. Several aftershocks occurred during 21–29 July.

The Seddon earthquake is considered the first of an earthquake doublet, with a second earthquake of similar magnitude occurring on 16 August 2013.


2013 Seddon Earthquake Shakemap
USGS Shakemap


The earthquake was preceded by a series of foreshocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.7.

Below is a list of all foreshocks magnitudes 5.0 and above that occurred in the region between 19 July 2013 and 21 July 2013.

Date (NZST) Time (NZST) Magnitude (MW) Magnitude (Mb) Magnitude (ML) Epicentre Depth
19 July 2013 9:06:39 am 5.5 5.7 5.7 30 km east of Seddon 17 km
21 July 2013 7:17:10 am 5.9 5.8 5.8 30 km east of Seddon 20 km


The earthquake generated a series of aftershocks, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.4.

Below is a list of all aftershocks magnitudes 5.0 and above that occurred in the region between 21 July 2013 and 2 August 2013.

Date (NZST) Time (NZST) Magnitude (MW) Magnitude (Mb) Magnitude (ML) Epicentre Depth
21 July 2013 5:09:30 pm 6.5 6.1 6.5 25 km east of Seddon 13 km
21 July 2013 5:13:50 pm 5.3 5.2 30 km east of Seddon 13 km
29 July 2013 1:07:14 am 4.9 5.4 20 km east of Seddon 12 km
2 August 2013 12:56:13 am 4.7 5.2 20 km east of Seddon 6 km


The quake resulted in varying degrees of damage to thirty-five buildings within the Wellington CBD with glass from broken windows falling onto the main thoroughfares of Lambton Quay, Featherston Street, and Willis Street. Damage was also caused in Paraparaumu, Wainuiomata, Porirua and the Hutt Valley in the North Island.

The Wellington Region emergency management office was activated on the evening of 21 July, as were those in the lower part of the North Island. On 22 July parts of Wellington's central business district were closed to the public to allow for inspections to buildings with damaged and potentially dangerous façades.

Four people were injured in the quake, which lasted for 20 seconds, blowing out windows, cracking concrete and swaying buildings.

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