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Fear over quake

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

FEAR held sway yesterday afternoon in Wellington following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake which hit the lower part of New Zealand's North Island.

The earthquake, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, was felt by much of Wellington, causing property damage and temporary power outages.

A Fijian studying and residing in Wellington's Lower Hutt, George Patterson, told The Fiji Times yesterday that he was shopping in a mall with friends when he felt the quake.

"I was really worried because out of the blue, all of these shops started shaking and some of the elderly citizens walking around started falling over because of all the shaking from the earthquake," the 20-year-old said in an interview.

"I've never really felt anything like that before so I was really freaking out about it and it didn't help that we were on the ground floor with another four floors above us and all this glass was breaking and things were falling off shelves all over the mall."

Mr Patterson said a lot of people including himself evacuated the mall following the large tremors only to find streets lined with cars stuck in traffic all trying to get out of harm's way.

"After the earthquake, there were about five more aftershocks which followed, which was also really scary for me, but luckily we didn't get hurt or anything and nobody here seems to have been injured."








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