New Zealand’s capital has been rocked by a massive earthquake, which was felt by many as a direct result of the recent Tsunami.
According to the latest data, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck on Saturday, March 21 at about 4:15am local time (3:15pm ET).
The quake was felt as far away as Melbourne, Melbourne’s northern suburbs and the suburbs of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania.
A magnitude 4.7 quake hit New Plymouth on March 19 and a magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck Melbourne on March 18.
The US Geological Survey said it had recorded 7.5 quakes in the Pacific since the start of the year.
“There’s not been a great deal of activity since then, but there’s been a lot of activity in the East Bay and San Francisco Bay area,” said Greg Bickford, a USGS seismologist.
“There are some small earthquakes that were felt in New York, but the epicentre is now about the US, but it’s felt all over the world.”
According to USGS, there are around 6,000 earthquakes that can be felt in the United States each year, with the most active occurring in the winter months.
The epicentres of most earthquakes are near the coast, with smaller quakes recorded in the interior of the country.
According the USGS there were 12 earthquakes that struck at least 1,500 km (620 miles) from the epicenter on Saturday.
“The epicenter of this event was just east of the city,” Mr Bickfield said.
He said there were no significant injuries or damage from the quake, which struck in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“It was an incredibly large earthquake.
It was not a very big earthquake.”