Strong Earthquake hits New Zealand's South Island Near Christchurch

September 3 – A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck New Zealand near Christchurch, the largest city in that country’s South Island with a population of about 375,000 people.

So far there are no widespread reports of damage or injury, however, power is reportedly out across the city.

The USGS reported that the large trembler was located 10 miles beneath the surface and struck at 4:35 a.m. local time (12:35 p.m. ET Friday). Only light damage is predicted based on the USGS’s Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale.

Additionally, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced the quake is unlikely to produce a tsunami, based on past earthquakes of similar magnitude, shaking, and location.

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