JNS: A powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck New Zealand’s South Island at 09.14 local time today, sending shockwaves through the region.
The earthquake’s epicenter was located approximately 11 kilometers beneath the Earth’s surface and 124 kilometers west of Christchurch.
The seismic event sent tremors that were felt by around 14,000 people, according to reports from the Geonet website. The sudden jolt of the quake prompted widespread panic, causing residents to hurriedly evacuate their homes and seek safety.
Despite the initial alarm, preliminary reports suggest that there is no cause for concern regarding a potential tsunami threat. Additionally, as of now, there have been no reports of significant damage to the New Zealand mainland, providing some relief to the affected communities.
Authorities and seismic experts are closely monitoring the situation, and residents are advised to stay vigilant and be prepared for aftershocks. The earthquake serves as a reminder of the region’s vulnerability to seismic activity, prompting a heightened awareness of earthquake safety measures in the affected areas.