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Strong quake rocks central New Zealand

English.news.cn   2014-01-20 15:11:20
 • A severe magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked southeast of New Zealand's North Island on Monday.
 • Aftershocks measuring up to 4.5 magnitude are continuing to shake the region.
 • No casualties have been reported, but minor damage has been extensive.

 

WELLINGTON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Engineers are preparing to check buildings around the lower half of New Zealand's North Island after a severe magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked much of the country on Monday.

The quake struck at 3:52 p.m. and was centered 15 km east of the small rural town of Eketahuna on the southeast of the North Island at a depth of 33 km, according to the latest measurements from the government's GeoNet monitoring service.

Aftershocks measuring up to 4.5 magnitude are continuing to shake the region.

No casualties have been reported, but minor damage has been extensive.

Power was cut to many communities around the lower North Island, but restored later in the day.

Railway services in Wellington, where the quake was clearly felt, had been suspended while tracks were checked, Radio New Zealand reported.

The Ministry of Civil Defence issued a statement saying there was no tsunami warning.

Farmer Anders Crofoot said his house at the small community of Castlepoint was "a bit of a mess."

"The pantry has been emptied and we've got glass, food and ornaments on the ground," he said in a statement from the Federated Farmers organization.

"I am checking on our staff and heading out to survey the farm. Any damage will likely to be to older water lines, which can easily be severed in a shake like this."

A statement from GeoNet said the shallow quake was felt widely in the North Island and as far south as Canterbury in the South Island.

"As expected after a quake of this size, there have been multiple aftershocks, and these will continue for some time as the region settles," it said.

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Editor: Lu Hui
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