ミニヘッドライン 2011/12/04




More than 4000 people have reported feeling the quake on the Geonet website, with 21 people reporting it as a slightly damaging quake. Those that said the quake was damaging were mainly in the Wellington region. Many described hearing a loud "thunder-like" noise as the ground swayed, before the jolt hit, lasting about 20 seconds.



AN earthquake measuring 4.9 has been recorded in the centre of New Zealand's North Island, a day after a 5.7 earthquake rattled the capital Wellington and the top of the South Island. The 4.9 earthquake was recorded at 5.05pm (3.05pm AEDT) today and was located 30km west of Taupo at a depth of 160km, GNS Science says. It was felt in Porirua near Wellington and was likely to have been felt in Hawke's Bay.



A suspicious substance has been found in the cab of one of the two trucks which collided near Hamilton yesterday, leaving both drivers dead. Police would not say what they thought the substance was or what role it may have played in the crash but speculation was that it could be an illegal drug. The crash, on State Highway 26 at Newstead about 7.30am, killed 61-year-old truck driver Hugh Leonard Ferguson, and left an 18-year-old passenger with a broken leg. The other driver, the sole occupant of a white truck who is yet to be named by police, also died.



It has been revealed that the woman fighting for her life after a shooting in Tokoroa is the aunt of a toddler killed in a shocking case of child abuse. Matakapua Glassie, 36, remains in a critical condition in intensive care at Waikato Hospital after being gunned down outside the Tokoroa police station yesterday. Her niece, Nia Glassie, died five years ago. Police last night found a body in Mamaku Forest which they believe is the man who shot Matakapua Glassie - her partner, 32 year old Jamie Ginns.



A small earthquake has struck near Wanaka this morning. Registering 3.5 on the Richter Scale, it was centred at a depth of 5km, 20 km north-east of Wanaka. It happened at 6.04am.



Rough weather and strong swells around the Astrolabe Reef have caused oil previously trapped under Rena to leak. The ship suffered significant damage to its hull when it grounded on the reef, and Maritime New Zealand says since then oil has intermittently leaked from the duct keel - a system of pipes along the bottom of the ship. National On Scene Commander Mick Courtnell said salvors working on Rena yesterday saw blobs of oil floating from the wreck.



Britain's consumer watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading, is investigating Groupon UK after receiving complaints about how the daily-deal company was conducting its business. The OFT's probe became public after Britain's advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), highlighted complaints regarding Groupon UK's failure to conduct promotions fairly, failure to provide evidence that offers are available and exaggeration of savings claims. The ASA said it had formally investigated and upheld complaints against Groupon UK's advertising on 11 occasions and had informally resolved 37 cases.




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