An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 has struck near Christchurch, New Zealand.
The quake was centered 46km from the town of Amberley with about 2,000 people, and 70km from the town of Kaiapoi with 10,000 residents, according to the USGS. The tremor had a shallow depth of 5 km.
The quake also took place 86km from the town of Christchurch which was struck by a powerful earthquake back in 2011. At least 185 people were killed and hundreds injured after the 6.3 magnitude quake hit the town.
According to GeoNet online service, the magnitude of the quake is 6.6 with a depth of 16km. The service added that the tremor caused “strong shaking” near the town of Kaikoura.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported that the quake was felt in North Island.
The region may be struck by aftershocks, the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management (MCDEM) warns.
No damage has so far been reported and there is no tsunami threat.