Powerful Earthquake Hits New Zealand; Damage, Casualties Unknown

An earthquake struck off New Zealand's Northern Island on Tuesday. – Photo credit United States Geological Survey
An earthquake struck off New Zealand’s Northern Island on Tuesday. – Photo credit US Geological Survey

CHRISTCHURCH – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 has struck central New Zealand, little more than a week after a powerful tremor centred in the upper South Island rocked the country and killed two people.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake was centred about 200 kilometres north-east of the capital Wellington, at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue a tsunami warning.

Thousands of aftershocks have been registered since a magnitude 7.8 quake struck near Christchurch in the early hours of November 14.

New Zealand sits on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

An earthquake in Christchurch five years ago killed 185 people.