An American news website has been slammed for reporting that yesterday's earthquake near Wellington occurred in the Australian state of Victoria, and was felt as far away as Napier, Western Australia.
The article, by Tom Ukinski, science reporter at the Las Vegas-based Guardian Express, said Seddon, near the epicentre of the magnitude 6.5 quake which rattled central New Zealand late yesterday afternoon, was a suburb 7km west of Melbourne.
"It is located in the state of Victoria on the southeast tip of Australia. The shock effects of the quake have been felt as far away as Napier, in Western Australia, 3302 kilometers from Melbourne," the article said.
"This suggests that the path of the quake is along the southern part of Australia."
Reaction in the "comments" section was swift.
ETA: The Guardian Express are apparently spammers, according to this comment on a related site:
The Guardian Express (founded 2012) isn't an actual newspaper and they don't really think the earthquake was in Australia. They don't even have staff and anyone can sign up and contribute. Amongst real news items, the site deliberately publishes false news in order to attract people mistakenly searching for the wrong thing. It's the same tactic as a spammer registering amazom.com. Linking to it from here is no doubt giving them just what they want.
I delinked the offending article, but you can find it at the New Zealand Herald page. For now.