The Australian reports a 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand yesterday, halting train services and knocking merchandise off shelves, however, there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.
The quake, which struck at 3.52pm, was centered in the North Island about 115km northeast of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.
The tremor hit at a depth of 27km and was felt throughout the North and South islands. The Australian says it was followed by smaller aftershocks. "I've seen the neighbors and they're a bit shaken up, but apart from that no damage," Brian Smith of Eketahuna, near the center of the quake, told Radio New Zealand, describing the tremor as a sharp jolt.
The Australian adds some houses in the small township of Eketahuna suffered broken windows and structural damage, but police said there had been no reports of injuries.