6.1-Magnitude Earthquake Hits South of New Zealand: USGS

September 20, 2017 Updated: September 20, 2017    

An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 magnitude struck in the remote Southern Ocean south of New Zealand on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles), was recorded 211 km (140 miles) west of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island, off New Zealand’s South Island, the USGS said.

There were no tsunami warnings issued immediately after the quake.

According to reports, the quake was felt strongly in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Train services were disrupted in the area.

Two smaller quakes were recorded off the New Zealand coast, the USGS said.

New Zealand was slammed by a huge earthquake in Christchurch in 2011, leaving 185 people dead and more than 2,000 people injured.

Mexico earthquake happened hours earlier

The quake comes just hours after another powerful earthquake struck Mexico City, Mexico—on the other side of the world.

At least 200 people died in the quake.

Rescuers work at the site of a collapsed building after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico September 20, 2017. (Reuters/Henry Romero)
Rescuers work at the site of a collapsed building after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico September 20, 2017. (Reuters/Henry Romero)
A building is seen on fire following an earthquake, in the district of colonia Roma, Mexico city, Mexico on Sept. 19, 2017 in this still image obtained via social media. (MIGUEL ANGEL QUISBERTH CORDERO/ via REUTERS)
A building is seen on fire following an earthquake, in the district of colonia Roma, Mexico city, Mexico on Sept. 19, 2017 in this still image obtained via social media. (MIGUEL ANGEL QUISBERTH CORDERO/ via REUTERS)
Damages are seen after an earthquake hit in Mexico City, Mexico on Sept. 19, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)
Damages are seen after an earthquake hit in Mexico City, Mexico on Sept. 19, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)
People climb over the debris of a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017. Picture taken September 19, 2017. (Reuters/Ginnette Riquelme)
People climb over the debris of a collapsed building after an earthquake hit Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017. Picture taken September 19, 2017. (Reuters/Ginnette Riquelme)
Soldiers and rescuers work at the site of a collapsed building after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico September 20, 2017. (Reuters/Henry Romero)
Soldiers and rescuers work at the site of a collapsed building after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico September 20, 2017. (Reuters/Henry Romero)
Damages are seen after an earthquake hit in Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Claudia Daut
Damages are seen after an earthquake hit in Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Reuters contributed this report.