Earthquake Rattles New Zealand

Earthquake Rattles New Zealand

A strong earthquake of the magnitude 6.9 rattled New Zealand’s capital Wellington today, Sunday.

Reports say the tremor broke water mains, shattered windows and downed power lines. Trains in Wellington were, reportedly, brought to a halt.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was six miles underground and struck under the Cook Strait, 35 miles southwest of Wellington.

Parts of the city were without power, local authorities said. There were no immediate reports of major damage and no tsunami warnings have been issued.

Reports say in the past few days, there have been a series of minor tremors on the island.

Experts say New Zealand lies within the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a geologically active area. About 20,000 quakes are recorded each year. New Zealand has very stringent building codes to protect against destruction from earthquakes.

By Perviz Walji

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