7.4-magnitude earthquake hits South Island of New Zealand (UPDATE)
New Zealand' South Island was shaken by an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, Xinhua reported.
The quake happened at 4:35 a.m. local time (1635 GMT Friday) and its was centered 30 km northwest of South Island's largest city of Christchurch. It was at a depth of 33 km, the New Zealand Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences reported.
It was also felt in other parts of the South Island and in Wellington.
Frank Feng, a resident in Christurch, told Xinhua that the quake was strongly felt in the city, which turned his house upside down. His family and neighbors have left their houses to stay outdoors.