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article image6.3-magnitude NZ quake crash lands Hobbit eagle sculpture on teen

By Anne Sewell     Jan 20, 2014 in World
Wellington - An eagle sculpture with a 45 ft wingspan was hanging from the ceiling in Wellington Airport to promote the popular Hobbit films. A 6.3-magnitude earthquake today sent it sprawling from its perch down to the floor.
New Zealand is rightly proud of the Hobbit movies currently doing wonders at the worldwide box office. What they didn’t plan on was the latest 6.3-magnitude earthquake which shook things up and dislodged the 45ft wingspan eagle sculpture promoting the movies.
The sculpture normally hangs from the ceiling over a dining area in Wellington Airport. When the quake struck, the sculpture fell, apparently hitting a teenage girl sitting in the dining area below. While some news reports are saying that the statue hit the teenager on the head when it fell, they also state that there were no injuries. There are no reports as to the condition of the girl, which also confuses matters.
A second, promotional eagle sculpture, ridden by the character of the wizard Gandalf from the movies series, apparently remained attached to it’s perch on the ceiling and was undamaged.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered about 38 kilometers (24 miles) northeast of the town of Masterton at a depth of 27 kilometers (17 miles).
While there are no reports of any major damage or injuries, the quake did cause damage to some homes and triggered rock slides and road closures in the area.
New Zealand tends to be prone to earthquakes as it is located on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire," an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.
While most earthquakes cause minor damage, as in the current example, a 2011 earthquake in Christchurch destroyed most of the city’s downtown and killed 185 people.
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