The Earthquake Commission has received more than 6000 claims
over the Cook Strait quakes which rattled central New Zealand
Yesterday was the deadline for claims to EQC over the second
of two major quakes that struck near Seddon, causing damage
to homes and businesses in the Marlborough and Wellington
Claimants still have until next month to lodge claims over a
third major quake which struck almost a month later.
An EQC spokesman said it had received 6179 claims relating to
the July quakes and 11,229 claims relating to all the Cook
Strait quakes in total.
There were 786 claims over the magnitude 5.7 quake on July
19, and 5393 claims over the more destructive magnitude 6.5
quake on July 21.
Claims over the magnitude 6.6 quake on August 16, which has
attracted 5050 claims so far, can be made until November 18.
EQC has already paid out $3.3 million to South Island
claimants and $620,000 to North Island claimants.
Of the claims so far, about a third came from Marlborough,
while the rest were from the North Island, predominantly the
The capital city accounted for about 34 per cent of claims,
Lower Hutt 10-11 per cent, Kapiti 7 per cent, and Upper Hutt
and Porirua some 4 per cent each.
The total cost of damage from all the quakes is estimated to
be about $50m.