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Auckland Feels Tremors After Massive 6.0 Earthquake Hits New Zealand | Details Here

The national seismic watchdog Geonet reported a powerful 6.0 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday near Geraldine in the South Island’s center, but preliminary reports show no casualties or serious property damage. The National Emergency Management Agency of New Zealand, however, said there was no threat of a tsunami from the earthquake.

The quake, which was the biggest in the nation this year, struck on Wednesday at 9.14 AM (2114 GMT) with a focal depth of 11 kilometers (7 miles). More than 14,000 individuals, some as far north as Auckland in the North Island, according to GeoNet, reported feeling the tremble.

Farmer Sarah Hussey, who was around the epicentre, told Reuters that the earthquake had been more powerful than she had ever experienced before. “There’s no damage here, but to start with, I assumed it was thunder. She told TVNZ’s 1News that the home briefly rose.

There haven’t been any early indications of damage, but inspections are still being conducted, according to Scott Shannon, deputy mayor of Timaru, which was close to the epicenter of the earthquake.

The quake occurred close to the epicenter of the Christchurch, New Zealand, 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed 185 people and left significant damage in 2011.

More than 14,000 individuals, some as far north as Auckland in the North Island, according to GeoNet, reported feeling the tremble.

About 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the epicenter, Rebecca Chapman, a worker at Cafe Verde in Geraldine, told AFP that “Nothing shattered, but the lights were trembling. It was a little frightful. Due to their experience with the Christchurch earthquake, one of the clients was upset.

Due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a region where tectonic plates often meet, New Zealand frequently suffers seismic and volcanic activity. Notably, New Zealand, which has a population of 5 million, is frequently sarcastically referred to as the Shaky Isles because of the frequency of its earthquakes.

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