New Zealand rattled by strong quake (Video)

New Zealand rattled by strong quake (Video)

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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