Stock Photo: A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck near Taupo and was felt widely throughout the country.
Stock Photo: A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck near Taupo and was felt widely throughout the country.

Strong quake shakes central NZ

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has been widely felt through both North and South Islands of New Zealand.

The quake struck at a depth of 150km, 30km west of Taupo at 3:36pm (local time) Tuesday, Geonet reported.

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It was reportedly felt in Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Blenheim, Nelson and Christchurch.

Geonet data centre spokeswoman Jennifer Coppola said the quake was the largest to strike near Taupo for a decade.

However, earthquakes in the area were common and this was not a sign of increased volcanic activity around Lake Taupo, she said.

Read more at NZHerald.co.nz


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