A 5.8 magnitude earthquake strikes near Wellington

Wellington City

New Zealand Earthquake : revised 5.8 magnitude

Wellington : A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck in the capital city of New Zealand. The earthquake has been felt as far North as Gisborne and near the bottom of the South Island, said by government seismic monitor Geonet.

Geonet has revised the quake’s depth to 37 km , 30 km Northwaest of Levin. Originally it said it was 5.9 magnitude earthquake but later revised that it was 5.8 magnitude. It struck at 7:53 AM ( Local time) . It categorized ‘strong’ earthquake.

More than 22,000 people had reported feeling the quake by 8 AM . A number of aftershock have occured in the area as well.

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In the Geonet website, the earthquake is categorized as ‘weak’

Tweeter trendind Earthquake Wellington .

New Zealand lies on the seismically active “Ring of Fire”, a 40,000-km arc of volcanoes and ocean trenches girdling much of the Pacific Ocean

( News Source : New Zealand Herald and Reuters)

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