New Zealand quake: Office workers dive under desks; Wellington shakes 'like jelly'
WELLINGTON (AFP) - A powerful earthquake rattled major cities across New Zealand on Friday, terrifying residents and causing the capital Wellington to shake "like jelly", but authorities reported no major damage.
The 6.5-magnitude quake struck at 2:31 pm (10:31am Singapore time) in the Cook Strait, the US Geological Survey said. It was felt from Christchurch in the South Island to Auckland in the North Island.
The USGS, which initially measured the quake at 6.8 magnitude, said it hit 5km east of the town of Seddon at a relatively shallow depth of 9.9 km, close to the centre of a series of quakes last month.
A cluster of major aftershocks measuring up to 5.7 followed but no tsunami alert was issued.