Massive Earthquake Strikes off New Zealand


Wellington:  A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand early Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The tremor was estimated at a depth of around 30 kilometres (18 miles) some 167 kilometres from Gisborne — off the coast of the country’s north island — according to the agency.

The quake hit 169 km northeast of Gisborne, New Zealand, the USGS said and had a depth of 30 km. Twitter users in New Zealand’s North Island reported being woken up by shaking.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii reports that no tsunami of significant strength is expected. The USGS originally reported the quake as a 7.2 magnitude but later downgraded it to 7.1. The quake comes a day after a magnitude-5.7 quake registered in the same area, 100 km northeast of Te Araroa on the North Island’s east coast.