Strong earthquake hits New Zealand's North Island

Strong earthquake hits New Zealand's North Island

North Shore : New Zealand | Jan 19, 2014 at 11:26 PM PST
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A strong earthquake shook the lower part of New Zealand's North Island on Monday, rattling buildings and knocking out power for thousands of people. The 6.2-magnitude quake's epicenter was about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Wellington, the country's capital, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Initially estimated at magnitude 6.3, the earthquake hit at a depth of about 28 kilometers (17 miles), the agency said. It struck just before 4 p.m. and was followed by a series of weaker aftershocks. There were no immediate reports of casualties. But the quake cut off electricity for about 5,600 people in the mainly rural region north of Wellington, said energy network operator Powerco. All trains on the rail network in the lower part of the North Island were halted while inspectors checked tracks for damage, the state-owned transportation company KiwiRail said. Falling rocks were also reported on some roads.
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A strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the South Island of New Zealand
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