Powerful 6.7 quake off New Zealand coast

A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the east coast of New Zealand Monday, but authorities ruled out an immediate tsunami threat.

The quake, which struck at 10:33 am (2233 GMT Sunday) was centred at sea nearly 200 kilometres (120 miles) from the eastern North Island city of Gisborne and 35 kilometres deep, the US Geological Survey said.

New Zealand’s civil defence organisation said it was “unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand”.

GeoNet, the New Zealand earthquake monitoring service, rated the tremor as “severe” and said it was widely felt throughout the lower North Island and top of the South Island.

However, it was too far off shore and too deep to cause any damage on land, a spokesman said.


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