A magnitude-6.5 earthquake stroke central New Zealand at about 2:30 p.m on August 16. The epicenter of this one was reported to be 94 kilometers (58 miles) west of Wellington at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). The earthquake damaged a number of houses and roads, at the same time there are no injuries reported up to now. Some buildings were evacuated. Local officials haven’t issued a tsynami warning after Friday’s earthquake. The country is situated in “Ring of Fire,” which is affected by regular seismic activity, so this natural disaster wasn’t quite unexpected.
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