Friday, September 3, 2010
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off New Zealand’s South Island, the US Geological Survey has said.
The epicentre was 55km (35 miles) north-west of Christchurch, at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), it added.
Police reported widespread minor damage and local power cuts. Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city with a population of about 386,000, but no casualties have yet been reported.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was a risk of a local tsunami.
New Zealand lies at the southern end of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, and above an area of the Earth’s crust where the Pacific Plate converges with the Indo-Australian Plate.
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