Quake jolts New Zealand; no damage reported

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the richter scale shook a wide area of New Zealand's North Island.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 12:29 IST

An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the richter scale shook a wide area of New Zealand's North Island on Thursday, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences reported.

The quake, located 50 km under earth's surface, was centred near the town of Taihape and 210 km northeast of the capital Wellington.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

First Published: Jan 18, 2007 12:29 IST