Earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes south of New Zealand’s South Island

Earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes south of New Zealand's South Island

SINGAPORE ,July11: An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck south of New Zealand’s South Island on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage from the quake, which hit 196 km (122 miles) northwest of Auckland island, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).

The earthquake was felt widely across the lower South Island, though there have been no reports of quake-related damage.

“I live in Invercargill and I felt it swaying and at first didn’t click, but it got a little stronger and definitely lasted a bit,” said Tracey Adams.

“Felt it and heard it. The washing rack hanging from the ceiling was rocking for ages afterwards. Drummond, Southland,” said Andy Watt via email.

The quake, which struck just after 7pm, was centred more than 200 kilometres offshore from New Zealand past Auckland Islands.

The earthquake was 34 kilometres deep, 190 km south-west of Snare’s Island.

Civil Defence NZ has said there was no tsunami threat to New Zealand.