Magnitude-5.7 quake hits New Zealand

A magnitude-5.7 earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch Sunday but caused no major damage, Radio New Zealand reported.

The quake struck at 1:13pm (0013 GMT) 15 kilometres east of the city at a depth of 15 kilometres, Geonet said.

The quake was felt between the country's largest city Auckland on North Island and Dunedin on South Island.

There were reports of minor injuries, according to Canterbury District Health Board chief executive David Meates.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said all major roads in the city were okay but some water pipes had burst. She praised the city’s new infrastructure for the limited damage.

The tremor caused a cliff to collapse.

Power cuts affected 500 hundred homes, predominantly in the city's north-east, and another 100 on the Banks Peninsula, the report said.

A magnitude-6.3 quake on February 22, 2011 killed 185 people and caused widespread destruction in the South Island city.

Last update: Sun, 14/02/2016 - 11:05
Author: 

Related

More from World

Sri Lanka drops proposal to decriminalize homosexuality

Sri Lanka has dropped a proposal to decriminalize homosexuality following protests, a senior cabinet minister said...

Suicide car bombing kills 35 at Malian military camp

A suicide car bombing killed an estimated 35 people at a military camp in the northern Malian city of Gao on...

Reports: Former president George HW Bush in hospital in Houston

Former US president George HW Bush has been admitted to hospital in Houston, Texas, news reports said Wednesday.

Sources: Syria regime and opposition pick teams for Astana talks

The Syrian government and opposition have picked their delegations for Russian- and Turkish-sponsored peace talks ...

Low polls, protests plague Trump ahead of divisive inauguration

When Donald Trump places his hand on a Bible once used by Abraham Lincoln to take the presidential oath of office on...