Severe earthquake strikes near Wanaka in New Zealand

Severe earthquake strikes near Wanaka in New Zealand

Written by Staff Writer

04 May, 2015 | 12:36 pm

A severe earthquake has struck near Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island.

New Zealand website GeoNet has reported the strength of the quake at magnitude 6.0, however, US Geological Survey data indicated it was magnitude 5.6.

The epicentre was reportedly 30km northwest of Wanaka at a depth of 5km.

It occurred at about 2.30pm local time.

According to reports, buildings in Queenstown and Wanaka were swaying for several seconds during the quake.

There are no reports of damage or injury yet.

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