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Powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks New Zealand

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Published on 1 Sep 2016 7:18 PM GMT

Powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks New Zealand
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Wellington: A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 rocked New Zealand on Thursday.

“The tremor was estimated around a 30km depth,” said the United States Geographical Survey.

“In the wake of a severe earthquake at the sea, residents of a small community on the country’s east coast were asked to flee from the region,” said a New Zealand civil defence authority official.

“People living in coastal areas were moving to higher grounds,” reported Radio New Zealand. Moreover, there were no immediate reports of casualty or other serious damage.

Other highlights:

  • The earthquake occurred at 0437 hours local time (1637 hours GMT).
  • New Zealand’s Christchurch city was severely damaged by a magnitude 6.3 quake leaving 185 dead in 2011.
  • More than 15.000 earthquakes are recorded in the country every year.
  • Only 150 of these quakes are large enough to be felt.

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