Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits off New Zealand – Shaking felt in South Island and ghost quake in Blenheim

Strange Sounds – July 11, 2017

The magnitude 6.6 quake struck 458 kilometres (285 miles) south of the town of Bluff and near the uninhabited Auckland Islands and was felt by hundreds of people in the cities of Invercargill and Dunedin.

The quake was shallow, with a depth of only 10 kilometres (6 miles). There are no reports of serious damage or injuries and there was no threat of a tsunami as reported by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and New Zealand civil defence officials. Emergency authorities did not report any significant damage or injuries.

The earthquake was widely felt in much of the southern South Island. Hundreds of people in the cities of Invercargill and Dunedin reported feeling a light shaking.