7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Christchurch

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NEW ZEALAND: A powerful earthquake has hit northeast of Christchurch, a city in New Zealand, according to the US Geological Survey. Twitter reports from locals talk of “enormous” shaking felt in Wellington and Cheviot.

The quake was centered 46km from the town of Amberley with about 2,000 people, and 70km from the town of Kaiapoi with 10,000 residents, according to the USGS. The tremor had a shallow depth of 5 km.

The quake also took place 86km from the town of Christchurch which was struck by a powerful earthquake back in 2011. At least 185 people were killed and hundreds injured after the 6.3 magnitude quake hit the town.

According to GeoNet online service, the magnitude of the quake is 6.6 with a depth of 16km.