Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake Strikes New Zealand

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked New Zealand at 10:58 a.m. local time on Oct. 22.

GeoNet reported that the earthquake struck 30 kilometer southwest of Taumarunui, a small town in the central North Island, with a depth of 210 kilometers.

GeoNet said it received a total of 24,738 felt reports from across the country.

“Large, deep earthquakes beneath the central and western North Island are not uncommon,” GeoNet said.

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