The quake, which hit near the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, was dangerously shallow at a depth of about 8 km (5 miles), similar to a deadly tremor that shattered the south island city of Christchurch in 2011. "The building just shook and it went on and on and on. There's a lot of police out here and fire sirens going off. It's pretty frightening," said Chris Birks, General Manager of the Hotel d'Urville in Blenheim, near the quake epicentre. Fire authorities said it was too early to assess the impact fully. There were reports of superficial damage to buildings from the quake, which shattered windows and sent items tumbling from supermarket shelves.
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That was in the round-robin, when the Kiwis handily won all four races against the Italians. The two teams sail against each other again starting Saturday with the first two races of the best-of-13 Louis Vuitton Cup finals. The first team to win seven races takes the trophy, so the series theoretically could be over next Saturday. The races are considerably shorter than the previous ones in the regatta, which lasted about 45 minutes. There are only five legs this time, instead of seven, so each race will last about 25 minutes, with about a 30-minute break. The shorter distance puts an added premium on winning the prestarts and reaching the first mark first.
New Zealand capital shrugs off severe quake
The Associated Press cited police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn as saying boulders fell onto State Highway 1, the major route for traffic near Seddon. She said she was trying to verify reports of the severely damaged home in Seddon. [Updated 10:52 p.m. Aug. 15: Several homes near the epicenter were severely damaged, with chimneys collapsing and roofs caving in, Dunn said later. She said a bridge was severely damaged on the main highway near Seddon, and that rocks and debris had fallen onto the road.
New Zealand quake: Homes, bridge damaged, no injuries reported
"The city is operating as usual, sports fields and recreation facilities are open -- get out there and enjoy them," she said. There was concern about the stadium scheduled to stage next weekend's rugby Test between New Zealand and Australia. The venue was closed for the weekend and all events cancelled while it underwent a thorough inspection by engineers, but officials expected the game would go ahead with a capacity crowd of about 35,000. "I expect, like the last earthquake, there will be some relatively minor repairs that will have to be made but all things being equal we will be ready for the Test match next weekend," stadium visite site chief executive more.. Shane Harmon said. The 6.5 quake, a similar-sized one last month and hundreds of aftershocks -- many in excess of magnitude 4.0 -- have been centered near the small township of Seddon in the upper South Island, where almost all the houses have been affected. Officials said most visite site of the damage related to roofs, windows and brickwork and the majority of houses remained structurally sound. In Wellington, some buildings sustained minor damage and one inner-city street was cordoned off to allow for the demolition of a building's lift shaft.