Quake struck 57km south-west of Wellington

NZ Quake

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck New Zealand, shaking the nation’s capital. No tsunami alert was issued and there were no reports of substantial damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck under the Cook Strait 57km south-west of Wellington and 10km underground.

Today’s event comes two years after the country was hit by a major earthquake, which was the largest natural disaster to hit New Zealand.

On 22 February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a major earthquake, where 185 people lost their lives and numerous buildings were damaged or collapsed, costing insurers $15bn.

The country experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, of which only about 20 have a magnitude of more than 5.0.

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