Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes central New Zealand
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck central New Zealand yesterday, shaking the capital city and sending the nation’s currency down almost half a U.S. cent.
The country’s stock exchange was temporarily closed and buildings including Statistics New Zealand were evacuated as aftershocks of up to magnitude 6.3 continued to rattle office blocks in the central city. The police said there were no immediate reports of injuries.
The quake, which hit at 2:31 p.m. local time, was centered at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, about 45 miles south of Wellington.