6.5 magnitude quake hits New Zealand

Yesterday, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand’s North Island and as far south as Christchurch. The quake, which struck at 3.36 PM (GMT), was centred 150km deep, 30km west of Taupo. According to the Police Central Communications, they have not received any reports of damage nor had Taupo Civil Defence.

This quake is the largest to strike near Taupo for a decade according to Geonet data centre spokeswoman Jennifer Coppola. The depth of the earthquake meant it was felt over a wider area than a shallow earthquake like the 6.3 aftershock in Christchurch on  February 22nd.

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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