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Strong earthquake hits New Zealand after Cyclone Gabriel



Strong earthquake hits New Zealand after Cyclone Gabriel

No tsunami warning has been issued

Wellington, New Zealand:

New Zealand’s capital Wellington was rocked by a strong earthquake on Wednesday, with residents reporting feeling a sudden jolt and buildings shaking.

The US Geological Survey said the quake measured 5.7 with a quake in the Cook Strait between the country’s two main islands.

New Zealand’s Civil Protection Agency said, “A big shock there! 6.0 50 km northwest of Paraparaumu, at a depth of 57 km was felt widely across the North Island.”

There were no immediate reports of damage, and no tsunami warnings were issued.

But residents reported feeling the ground shake for 10-20 seconds, comparing it to a convoy of huge trucks.

The earthquake occurred as clean-up was underway from the devastating cyclone, which killed four people and caused widespread damage across the North Island.

“This is already a really stressful time for people – take care of yourself and those around you,” the Civil Protection Agency said.

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