5.3-magnitude earthquake occurred in northern New Zealand

5.3-magnitude earthquake occurred in northern New Zealand

MOSCOW, July 5 — RIA Novosti. Earthquake of magnitude 5.3 occurred on Tuesday on the New Zealand North Island, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to seismologists, the earthquake registered at 03.36 am Coordinated Universal Time (07.36 MSK), its epicenter was 310 kilometers from the capital city of Wellington. Hearth tremors occur at depths 161 kilometers.

Despite the small magnitude and occurrence of deep focus earthquakes, Xinhua news agency reports that in Wellington for ten seconds were felt tangible tremors.

According to the agency, no casualties or damage.

In late February, a massive earthquake almost destroyed the center of Christchurch city on the North Island of New Zealand. Many buildings were destroyed, the central cathedral, several areas are uninhabitable.

According to seismologists, the epicenter of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake was located in the vicinity of the city. Following the earthquake, more than 240 people dead and missing. Economic damage to the elements, is estimated at $ 15 billion. Prime Minister John Key described the earthquake as "the most tragic event" in the history of the country.

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