SYDNEY (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit New Zealand’s north island on Tuesday, the United States geological survey said a tremor felt thousands of people even though there were no immediate reports of injuries or accidents.
Parliament interrupted briefly in Wellington and some flights canceled landings there, said the New Zealands Herald newspaper after the earthquake that hit 63 km (39 miles) east of New Plymouth, at a depth of 228 km 142 miles.
“It was just a little wobble, that’s not much,” said Ken Wheeler, head of a hardware store at Taumarunui, 31km northeast of the epicenter.
“We have a lovely gift shop here with crystal glasses, and it did not matter.”
The quake had originally been assessed in the order of 6.2.
The New Zealand GeoNet Chess Screen said that about 1
5 600 people felt the shake, most described as moderate or light.
No harm had been reported, said a civil defense spokesman.
In Auckland, where Prince Harry and his wife Meghan visit Britain, a Reuters witness said it was not shaken.
Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Writing by Sam Holmes; Editing Clarence Fernandez
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