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6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits New Zealand

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits New Zealand:

After Cyclone Gabrielle, New Zealand faced yet another disastrous natural calamity.

  • An earthquake of 6.1 Ritcher shook the country.
  • The epicentre was at a depth of 57.4 km and 50 km from Paraparaumu.
  • According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre was right at the Cook Strait.
  • The strait divides the two main landmasses of the country. No tsunami warnings were issued.
  • As Turkey earthquake was caused by the pushing of African and Asian plates against the Eurasian plate.
  • This means there were significant movements in the African plate.
  • The Australian plate adjoins the African plate. So does the Indian plate.
  • Experts believe that the recent Sikkim earthquake and the New Zealand earthquake may have common connections with the Turkey earthquake.