State Highway 6 through the Haast Pass was closed temporarily
yesterday because of an earthquake.
The 7km deep, 4.6 magnitude quake struck 40km east of Haast
at 1pm. It was felt in Wanaka and described by GNS Science as
New Zealand Transport Agency West Coast senior asset manager
Mark Pinner said the earthquake led to the closure of the
road at the Diana Falls slip the agency has been working to
stabilise for the past three months.
Mr Pinner said the quake measured 6 on the Modified Mercalli
Intensity Scale used to determine the safety of staff working
on the slip.