Earthquakes shake south, central New Zealand
A large earthquake struck offshore near New Zealand on Tuesday night, causing shaking in Invercargill and Dunedin.
GeoNet has confirmed a the earthquake was magnitude 6.4. United State Geological Survey (USGS) had initially put the quake at 6.8.
The quake was followed later by two tremors near Seddon, near the top of the South Island, about 3am on Wednesday morning. A magnitude 4.2 quake followed an earlier 2.5 tremor.
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The magnitude 6.4 quake, which struck just after 7pm on Tuesday, was centred more than 200 kilometres offshore from New Zealand past the Auckland Islands.
Looks like a large quake below the South Island has confused our system a bit, our duty officer will have it tidied up ASAP #eqnz— GeoNet (@geonet) July 11, 2017
The earthquake was 34 kilometres deep, 190 km south-west of Snares Island.
Civil Defence said there was no tsunami threat to New Zealand.
No injuries or damage had been reported, but the earthquake was felt widely across the lower South Island.
There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Auckland Islands. #eqnz— MCDEM (@NZcivildefence) July 11, 2017
"I live in Invercargill and I felt it swaying and at first didn't click, but it got a little stronger and definitely lasted a bit," said Tracey Adams.
"Felt it and heard it. The washing rack hanging from the ceiling was rocking for ages afterwards. Drummond, Southland," said Andy Watt.
Nearly 2000 people reported to the Geonet website that they felt the magnitude 6.4 earthquake.
Yup, that was an #eqnz in Dunedin too.— Sophie Fern (@SophieFern) July 11, 2017
That was a long lasting rumble I must say. Hard to pinpoint exact size, I've seen 3 different measurements listed. #eqnz— Demelza (@tyniere) July 11, 2017