A pre-dawn earthquake on the east coast of New Zealand was the most powerful earthquake in 20 years. The 7.1-magnitude quake’s epicentre was deep in the ocean, northeast of the town of Te Araroa in the Gisborne district of the North Island.
However, the earthquake caused little damage and brought out the humour in many Kiwis some called it a mirthquake.
Owner of the Four Square convenience store in Te Araroa, Liz Koia, said the quake was “a bit of a fierce, scary shake” and fled but when she returned to check the damage, well let’s just say she’s not one for making a drama out of a crisis. Only about 16 muesli bars and some ice cream cones has fallen off the top shelves.
One Tweet doing the rounds reportedly details a social media conversation between two Americans wondering of their friend in Australia made it out unscathed from the quake. Well, the two countries are close enough.