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New Zealand’s South Island rocked by magnitude 6.4 earthquake

New Zealand’s South Island rocked by magnitude 6.4 earthquake

A strong earthquake has jolted New Zealand’s South Island, but there have been no early reports of damage.

New Zealand’s South Island rocked by magnitude 6.4 earthquake

A strong earthquake has jolted New Zealand’s South Island, but there have been no early reports of damage.

GeoNet reported a quake of magnitude 6.4 struck 35km north of the Canterbury town of Methven about 6.48am on Tuesday at a depth of 10km, with at least six aftershocks measured in the Arthur’s Pass area.

It’s the second biggest earthquake in the region since the deadly February 2011 quake that left 185 dead.

The initial quake was followed by a string of aftershocks in the area ranging in magnitude from 3.2 to 4.2 at 7am, all less than 11km deep.

People from Waikato, in the North Island, to Southland on the southernmost tip of South Island reported feeling the initial quake.

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