The quake struck beneath the Prepare dinner Strait that separates the North and South Islands at a depth of 74 kilometers (50 miles), USGS reported.
Wellington is on the southern finish of the extra populous North Island, which is responding to a cyclone this week that has left 4 folks useless and is the South Pacific nation’s most harmful climate occasion in a long time.
Whereas Cyclone Gabrielle is transferring away from New Zealand, an unrelated climate system is forecast to carry extra heavy rain within the days forward, which can enhance dangers of additional landslides and flooding.
The nation of 5 million folks sits on the “Ring of Fireplace,” an arc of seismic faults across the Pacific Ocean the place earthquakes are widespread.
An earthquake in Christchurch on the South Island in 2011 killed 185 folks and destroyed hundreds of houses and buildings.