Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
20 Jan, 2014 | 5:00 pm
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has rattled New Zealand’s North Island, but there are no reports so far of major damage or serious injury.
The quake struck 38km (24 miles) north-east of Masterton at 15:52 local time (02:52 GMT), US Geological Survey said.
Residents described major shaking, goods tumbling off shelves and pictures knocked askew.
A sculpture of a giant eagle suspended from the roof at Wellington airport fell to the ground, local media said.
No-one was injured when the sculpture – used to promote the Hobbit movie – came down.
Many businesses were closed because of a public holiday.
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