Pictures from the New Zealand earthquake

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand early on Monday morning, close to the city of Christchurch. Strong jolts caused damage to buildings over 120 miles away in the capital of Wellington.

The earthquake in New Zealand has generated a tsunami, with the first waves hitting the South Island, authorities have said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no immediate danger of a broader tsunami from the quake.

In Wellington, 132 miles north of the quake’s epicentre, power was knocked out in some places – with some windows smashing and chimneys collapsing. There were no immediate reports of any major damage or injuries in Christchurch.

The quake was centred 57 miles north-east of Christchurch, according to the US Geological Survey. It was at a relatively shallow depth of six miles. Earthquakes tend to be more strongly felt on the surface when they are shallow.

The quake brought back memories of a 2011 earthquake that struck Christchurch, destroying much of the city and killing 185 people. Luckily, this quake was much farther away from any major population centres.

New Zealand sits on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

- PA

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