6.3 earthquake strikes New Zealand!
A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake has hit 40 kilometers off the New Zealand town of Kaikoura, GeoNet reports. Witnesses reported feeling tremors as far as Auckland.
The earthquake was clearly felt in the cities of Wellington and Christchurch.
The quake centered in Nelson region at the depth of 80 kilometers, according to GeoNet. The US Geological Survey, meanwhile, reported a lower magnitude of 5.9 at the epicenter.
The power of the earthquake’s tremors knocked food items from their shelves in the stores and set off alarms.
Locals reported that the temblor lasted longer than usual, forcing houses to creak, which caused some people to panic.
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