02/15/2023 12:29 PM
There was an earthquake in New Zealand / Illustration: Pixabay
A strong earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday evening local time.
According to measurements made by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the 5.7-magnitude earthquake was located at a depth of about 50 kilometers below the Cook Strait separating the northern and southern islands. However, New Zealand’s GeoNet National Seismological Center reported a 6.1-magnitude earthquake near Wellington.
No tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of possible damage so far. Tens of thousands of people reported the earthquake on social media, and it was felt in the largest city, Auckland, and in Christchurch in the South Island. I mentioned the New Zealand Herald.
Eyewitnesses stated that the earthquake lasted 30 seconds. The US Seismological Institute, USGS, detected an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7. Hurricane Gabriel has caused massive damage in New Zealand in the past few days.
Four people died in the storm, many people had to be evacuated, and floods and landslides cut off many settlements from the outside world. A state of emergency was declared in the country on Tuesday.
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