AUCKLAND: An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck south of New Zealand’s South Island on Tuesday (Jul 11), the United States Geological Survey said.
thThere were no immediate reports of deaths or damage from the quake, which hit 196km northwest of the Auckland Islands and more than 475km from the mainland, at a depth of 10km.
GeoNet has confirmed a the earthquake was magnitude 6.4. United State Geological Survey (USGS) had initially put the quake at 6.8, reports Stuff.nz
There was no tsunami threat from the quake, New Zealand’s Civil Defence said.
“Based on the information we have there could be light to moderate shaking in the southern South Island,” said Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Greg Breen.
“But no damage is expected.”
Several Twitter users in Invercargill and Dunedin said they felt some movement. But a Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman told the stuff.co.nz news website they had received “not one call for help”.
New Zealand is on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form part of the so-called “Ring of Fire”, and experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year.