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9/30/2007

Powerful quake Hits Near New Zealand

Breaking Earth News
New Zealand

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 hit some 500 km (300 miles) southwest of New Zealand on Sunday, but there were no reports of damage.

The quake occurred at around 6:24 p.m. local time, and was felt throughout the south of New Zealand's South Island, said Warwick Smith of state agency GNS Science.

The quake was near to the Auckland Islands, a group of seven uninhabited islands 467 km south of South Island.
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