Friday, April 24, 2015
Another earthquake shook Wellington at 3:37 p.m. local time on Friday. The earthquake caused only minor damage, but the IFSA-Butler office in New Zealand verified the safety of all students in the area and also sent earthquake safety reminders to students in Wellington, Palmerston North and Christchurch.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Two moderate earthquakes struck the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, near the town of Seddon, approximately 50 miles south of Wellington. The first earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 hit at 10:36 a.m. local time and a second, slightly stronger earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 was recorded at 10:42 a.m. According to local media reports, buildings shook in Wellington, but no structural damage or injuries occurred as a result.
The IFSA-Butler resident staff in New Zealand reached out to students in Wellington via text and posted safety instructions on the New Zealand program Facebook page. Additionally, earthquake safety instructions were discussed with students upon arrival in New Zealand during the program orientation. IFSA-Butler New Zealand staff are available 24/7 to students in case of emergency, and students received a cell phone number to call for emergency assistance at any time.
IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as necessary. For further information, please see the following media outlets:
Channel News Asia
New Zealand Herald