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Magnitude-5.9 quake jolts New Zealand, felt by thousands

Magnitude-5.9 quake jolts New Zealand, felt by thousands

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Nov 2019, 04:28 pm

Wellington/Xinhua/UNI: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit North Island, New Zealand, on Sunday morning and was felt by thousands of people.

More than 5,000 people reported feeling the earthquake which happened offshore around 0534 hrs local time on Sunday. There is no report of human casualty yet.

The earthquake, which struck out at sea about 50 kilometers north-west of Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand, was initially rated as 5.3-magnitude but has been upgraded to 5.9-magnitude. The depth of the earthquake is 115 kilometers down the sea.

GeoNet, which monitors seismic activity in New Zealand, said deeper quakes such as this were often widely felt, especially on the East Coast of North Island.

At about 0730 hrs, the agency said it had reviewed the quake and upgraded it from a 5.3 to a 5.9. It reminded people to "drop, cover, and hold on" in the event of an earthquake.