An earthquake in New Zealand, which only lasted around 60 seconds, has shook parliament. "The 6.5-magnitude tremor was centred 35 miles (57 km) off the coast south of the capital at a depth of 6.3 miles, said the US Geological Survey". Now people in the area will worry about any more rumbles and possible aftershocks.
New Zealand is no stranger to earthquakes and in 2010 Christchurch and the surrounding area was severely damaged when a 7.1 earthquake hit. In February 2011 a 6.3 earthquake followed killing 185 people and devastating the region.
The latest reports Sunday are that there is no Tsunami warning and damage is limited. Initially locals feared another "Christchurch" but for now at least that is not expected. Although the quake was brief it was strong and felt as far away as Auckland in the North. It happened at 17:09 local time (05:09 BST)
At time of writing there are no reports of casualties or fatalities. There is a great deal of structural damage such as smashed windows, burst water-pipes, affected rail journeys and some damage to the parliamentary building in Wellington.
Southern North Island New Zealand has had a shaky time recently with many tremors recorded. The country experiences thousands of earthquakes each year due to its "ring of fire" location. Most of the quakes however are less than 5.0 magnitude, although they can obviously still cause damage.
One thing for certain, is that the people who occupy the islands of New Zealand are tough "cookies".
Source: BBC News