At least 248 people are confirmed dead in Mexico after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck while New Zealand has been hit by two massive earthquakes.
Tremors could be felt across the Kiwi islands as New Zealand was rocked first by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck south-west of Invercargill, followed by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake which hit north-east of Seddon, according to USGS.
Authorities have issued a reminder to ‘drop, cover, and hold’ in the event of an earthquake, as Geonet reported the natural event caused ‘moderate shaking’.
That felt strong in wellington
— Guinevere Leigh (@LeighGuinevere) September 20, 2017
5.1 #eqnz, depth of 31 km, centred 30 km north-east of Seddon.
Described as "not pleasant, stop it" by one Frances Cook.
— Frances Cook (@FrancesCook) September 20, 2017
Tremors may have been felt in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden, Roxburgh, Te Anau and Tuatapere, while the Seddon quake was felt strongly in Wellington.
It was strong enough to shut down all Metlink trains in the nation’s capital of Wellington, on the afternoon of September 20, when both unrelated earthquakes hit.
All trains have temporarily stopped due to this afternoon's #eqnz, expect some delays. Will keep everyone updated. ^LH
— Metlink Wellington (@metlinkwgtn) September 20, 2017
The event originated in a seismically active area near a plate boundary called the Puysegur trench, which stretches for 800km between New Zealand’s South Island and a point in the Southern Ocean 400km west of the Auckland Islands.
The earthquakes felt in New Zealand are said to have no connection to that felt in Mexico City, which has killed at least 248 people, leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings.
The city descended into a state of grief and chaos, as the epicentre of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck 2.8 miles east-north-east of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles south-southwest of the city of Puebla, in Puebla state, according to the US Geological Survey.