AA / Melbourne
An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale struck the South Island of New Zealand on Tuesday.
According to a statement released by the New Zealand Seismological Observatory (GeoNet), the earthquake occurred at a depth of 149 kilometers on the high seas, about 80 kilometers north of the French Corridor of the South Island.
The statement added that the earthquake occurred at 2:55 pm local time and was felt by more than 16,000 people.
The same source stressed that there had been no material losses or human victims to be deplored, and that there was no risk of a tsunami after the earthquake.
It should be noted that the South Island was shaken by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in February 2011, which left 185 dead and more than 1,500 injured.
* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour
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