Earthquake Rattles Central New Zealand, Kiwi Recovers From Dip

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck central New Zealand on Friday, shaking buildings in Christchurch and Wellington.

The quake, which struck at 3:36 p.m. local time, was centered 40 kilometers (24 miles) north-west of Kaikoura on New Zealand’s South Island at a depth of 76 kilometers, the GeoNet quake monitoring agency said on its website. There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage. The New Zealand dollar recovered quickly from a small dip.

“Due to the depth of the quake, it is not expected to be damaging, but it will have been felt over a wide area,” GeoNet said in a statement.

New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a belt of volcanic and quake activity that circles the Pacific Ocean. A magnitude 5.2 quake rattled Wellington yesterday. Christchurch is still recovering from a quake in February 2011 that killed 185 people and destroyed the central city.

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