New Zealand rocked by Magnitude 5.9 earthquake

A shallow earthquake has struck near New Zealand’s popular Milford Sound.

According to Geonet, the quake struck about 35km west of Milford Sound around 10.20am on Thursday at a depth of just 5km.

“We have recorded a shallow M5.9 earthquake with moderate shaking in Fiordland,” Geonet wrote.


“It was felt throughout lower South Island and we have received over 3700 felt reports.

“There have been 13 earthquakes over M5 in the last 10 years in this area. Please remember to drop, cover, hold if you feel shaking.”

Geoscience Australia estimates the quake could have caused damage up to 23km away and could have been felt by people up to 293km away.

PHOTO: GeoScience Australia

Dozens of people took to social media to describe the moment they felt the tremor.

“Rockin’ and rolling in the office here in Queenstown,” one person wrote.

Thankfully there have been no reports of any injuries or damage at this stage.

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