Earthquake rocks eastern New Zealand

August 26th, 2008 - 8:05 am ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Aug 26 (Xinhua) A strong earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale Monday jolted the North Island in eastern New Zealand, the country’s Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences said Tuesday.There were no immediate reports of damage or casualty, it said.

The quake occurred at 11.25 p.m. (11:25 GMT) Monday. The epicentre was located at about 10 km southwest of Hastings, the Institute said.

The earthquake was one of the biggest in the Hawke’s Bay region in recent years.

After the quake, power supply lines were snapped in some areas but later restored.

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