Powerful magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes New Zealand

A strong 5.5 magnitude earthquake has struck New Zealand’s South Island.

The quake struck at a depth of 17 kilometres, 30 km east of Seddon on Thursday at 3.34pm local time.

PHOTO: Geoscience Australia

PHOTO: Geoscience Australia


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Geonet says the quake, which has been listed as ‘severe’ could have been felt in Blenheim, French Pass, Martinborough, Paraparaumu, Picton, Seddon and Wellington.

There have been no reports of any injuries or damage.

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