6.2-magnitude quake hits New Zealand

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted 45 km north of Geraldine, New Zealand's South Island on Wednesday.

Wellington: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 jolted 45 km north of Geraldine, New Zealand’s South Island, at 9:14 a.m. local time Wednesday, according to New Zealand’s geological hazard monitoring institute GeoNet.

Residents in Christchurch and other South Island regions felt the shake, which had a depth of 10 km, Xinhua news agency reported.

No injuries or property damage have been reported so far.

Earlier, an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude has shaked the Izu Islands in Japan on Tuesday, said the US Geological Survey.

The tremor was epicentred at 31.01 degrees north latitude and 141.99 degrees east longitude. Reportedly, the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km below the ground.

So far, no damages or casualties have been reported. No tsunami alert also issued by now. Further detailed reports related to the incident are awaited.

Earlier, over 2500 people died after an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck Morocco during the late night hours of September 9. More than 200 people were left injured in the incident. The epicenter of the earthquake was a shallow depth of 18.5 km. It occurred about 72 km South-West of Marrakesh and 56 km towards the West of the Atlas mountain. Reportedly, the earthquake occurred at 11pm local time.

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