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New Zealand was shaken by a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.2

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  • 20 September, 2023 12:57:22

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International Desk: A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit the central part of the South Island of New Zealand. The British press Daily Mail reported that the origin of the earthquake was in the Asburton Lake region of Canterbury. Which is located 120 kilometers away from Christchurch.

The earthquake struck in the morning local time on Wednesday (September 20). And the intensity of the earthquake was so high that hundreds of thousands of people felt its tremors in distant Christchurch and Dunedin, 300 kilometers from the source. They said that the earthquake shook everything for more than a minute. The depth of the earthquake was only 10 km from the ground. "It was not a small tremor," wrote a farmer in X on social media. "It was very risky," said Mojo Mathers, a member of the Greens political party and former MP.

Peel Forest is very close to the epicenter. The whole house shook. The kitchen cabinet doors swung open. Reminded of the Christchurch earthquake. However, no loss of life or damage has been reported in the earthquake so far. Meanwhile, in 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck Christchurch.

Apart from the death of 185 people in that earthquake, various infrastructures were severely damaged. Many people still haven't forgotten about that terrible earthquake. As a result, whenever an earthquake occurs in the country, there is an intense panic among the common people.

Meanwhile, it was initially said that the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.8 on the Richter scale. Later this information was changed and it was said that it was a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. But the earthquake monitoring agency Jeunet said after a while that the earthquake that struck on Wednesday was of magnitude 6.2.

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