Strong earthquake rattles New Zealand’s South Island

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A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 rattled the South Island of New Zealand on Wednesday, said a government website.

The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 0914 local time (2114GMT), was 124 kilometres (77 miles) west of Christchurch at a depth of 11 kilometres, the New Zealand government’s Geonet website said.


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Via the website, around 15,000 people reported feeling the earthquake.

New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide, and experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

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