Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Quake rattles NZ as Harry, Meghan visit

Quake rattles NZ as Harry, Meghan visit

A strong but deep natural disaster has struck New Zealand's North Island, causing the nation's parliament to be briefly suspended as a precaution.

The quake was felt in Wellington during a session of parliament, prompting lawmakers to stop deliberations and seek refuge as a precaution.

The magnitude 6.1 quake struck Tuesday afternoon about 77 kilometers (48 miles) northeast of the town of New Plymouth.

The quake comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, are visiting New Zealand's north island, however they are now more than 300km north in Auckland.

The quake, which occurred at 2.13 a.m., was initially centered at 39.0541 degrees south latitude and 174.9766 degrees east longitude, with a depth of 227.28 km, reports Xinhua news agency.

She urged Kiwis to "check on those around you".

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No damage had been reported, a civil defence spokeswoman said.

No significant damage has been reported - this is entirely typical of deep volcanoes.

In February 2011, Christchurch on the South Island was struck by a magnitude-6.3 quake which killed 185 people and injured several thousand.

"I think some people might be a little nervy and that´s understandable but it's just a case of following those safety messages and being prepared", he said.

New Zealand sits on the Ring of Fire, a string of volcanoes and earthquakes around the edges of the Pacific Ocean.

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