A strong earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean off the southern coast of New Zealand on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. It had a magnitude of 6.2. Authorities did not issue a tsunami warning.
The earthquake was recorded on Wednesday at 2.21 a.m. Universal Time (4.21 a.m. in Poland) at a depth of 33 kilometers near the Auckland Islands, a small, virtually uninhabited archipelago. It is located about 450 kilometers from the South Island of New Zealand, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake had a magnitude of 6.2. New Zealand authorities did not issue a tsunami warning.
According to a local government official in Invercargill, the nearest city to the epicenter, the earthquake was not felt and there was no damage to infrastructure.
At the edge of tectonic plates
Situated on the border of two major tectonic plates, New Zealand is prone to earthquakes.
In February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch, the country’s second largest city in the South Island, killed 185 people. Six months later, there was another with a magnitude of 7.1, which caused no fatalities but caused significant property damage.
Main photo source: USGS