5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of New Zealand

Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 occurred on Saturday east of the coast of the North Island of New Zealand, the website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Aftershocks were recorded in 04.54 local time (08.54 MSK). The earthquake lies at a depth of 20 kilometers and was located at 117 kilometers from the city of Gisborne (Gisborne).

No casualties or damage were reported.

In mid-February 2011 in the second largest city in New Zealand, Christchurch, a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake that almost leveled the center of the city. Many buildings were destroyed, the central cathedral, several areas are uninhabitable. The earthquake killed 147 people. The amount of economic damage is estimated at $ 15 billion.

Passes through New Zealand Pacific "fire zone" — the band of volcanoes and tectonic faults up to 40 thousand kilometers. He circles the Pacific Ocean, passing along the coasts of North and South America to the southern part of Alaska, then turns to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, and ends near the island of New Guinea, New Zealand and South West Pacific. It is in the "Ring of Fire" is the vast majority of the known volcanic planet. It happens 90% of all earthquakes in the world.

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