LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Another earthquake has struck New Zealand. A 5.6 earthquake today on the South Island of New Zealand marked the third earthquake to strike the region within the last twenty-four hours. Previously a 6.4 magnitude quake struck followed by a 5.1 earthquake.
On Monday shortly before 11 pm local time, a powerful 6.4 earthquake struck north of New Zealand. With a significant depth of over three hundred feet below the earth’s surface. the 6.4 quake struck roughly one thousand miles north east of Wellington, New Zealand.
Then shortly before 1 pm local time on Tuesday, another quake struck. This time hte quake was near the earth’s surface and closer to New Zealand. A 6.3 earthquake registered only three miles below the earth’s surface and close to Christchurch. It was roughly 190 miles from Wellington and Dunedin, and under hundred fifty miles from Westport.
Less than ten minutes later, another quake struck registering a 5.6 magnitude. It was located in virtually the same location, four miles below the earth’s surface. While no reports of injury have been given, it was five miles east of Christchurch, 140 miles south of Westport and under 195 miles from Wellington and Dunedin.
Unlike other earthquake typical in the region, this quake struck in a relatively populated region west of highway 73 and highway 1, north of Lake Ellesmere. It appears closest to the towns of Clifton and Summer, south of Redcliffs and Southshore, and just east of Heathcote Valley and Mount Pleasant.