An earthquake of magnitude 6.2, struck central New Zealand, causing even the parliament to be suspended.
The quake was felt most enormously in central New Zealand, an area which includes the capital city of Wellington. It struck at a recorded depth of 207 kilometers to the south-west of Taumarunui.
However, there were no such reports of serious damage or injury. People near the epicenter of the disaster reported their houses swaying and things falling off in their homes.
Anne Tolley, the deputy speaker of the Parliament, made the quick decision to suspend parliament when violent shaking was observed and it interrupted the speech of an MP. Tolley said she never thought she would have to suspend the house until they found out what happened. Although the Parliament is the safest building in the country Tolley did not want to take any chances.
GNS Science, New Zealand’s earthquake monitoring body, stated that the quake was widely felt around the country that it lasted a long time. There was no threat of any tsunami but people still needed to take care during the aftershocks, observed the agency.
The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, took to their Twitter to urge people to check on each other’s welfare.
Recorded time of the quake was 3.13pm local time and GeoNet has reported more than 15,000 reports of people getting the shakings so far, with the strongest tremors reported in Wellington, Christchurch, and Nelson.