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New Zealand: Earthquake measuring 7.4 on Richter scale hits north of Christchurch

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 November 2016, 18:46 IST
New Zealand: Earthquake measuring 7.4 on Richter scale hits north of Christchurch

A massive earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale struck New Zealand on 13 November.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the earthquake was just 75 miles north of Christchurch. The deadly quakes struck just after midnight, local time (11.02am GMT).

A tsunami arrived in the north-eastern coast about two hours later. Residents were warned to head inland or for higher ground along the entire coast.

"The first wave may not be the largest. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours," the ministry tweeted.

Christchurch was at the centre of a disastrous earthquake in 2011. The tragedy had reduced the city into a rubble.

The quakes that were registered on 13 November were however stronger than those recorded in 2011.

 
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