Frustrated by the need to be accurate about the location of today’s 6.6-magnitude earthquake – as well as previous earthquakes that have occurred in the last two months – the news media is beginning to feel like things would just be a whole lot easier if Seddon would rename itself “Wellington.”
Journalists around the country report that the occurrence of the latest major earthquake near the small town of Seddon is making it “extremely difficult” to justify referring to the earthquake as the “Wellington quake” or running headlines such as “Major earthquake strikes Wellington.”
While this has not yet stopped them from doing so, journalists are still angry that they are having to break up the flow and drama of their stories’ content by pointing out that the quake did not technically occur closest to Wellington, and was actually felt more strongly in other, less significant places.
“A severe earthquake has struck Wellington this afternoon, centred in Seddon,” read the top story on the New Zealand Herald this evening.
Dominion Post editor Bernadette Courtney said that if the South Island town of Seddon would just “get with the times” and acknowledge that it’s “practically part of Wellington, like Upper Hutt,” then “we wouldn’t be having this problem.”