Strong earthquake strikes off New Zealand coast, no reports of damage so far

Wellington: A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of New Zealand's North Island on Tuesday but there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The magnitude 5.6 quake was centered about 200 kilometres (120 miles) northeast of the capital Wellington, according to the US Geological Survey. It was at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning.

New Zealand was last week hit with a powerful magnitude 7.8 quake near the coastal South Island town of Kaikoura that killed two people. New Zealand sits on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

An earthquake in Christchurch five years ago killed 185 people.


Published Date: Nov 22, 2016 07:43 am | Updated Date: Nov 22, 2016 07:43 am