New Zealand Rocked by 6.5 Earthquake

Ad Feedback

Officials in central New Zealand are assessing the damage caused by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the nation Friday.

Police say homes and bridges near the epicenter are severely damaged, but no injuries have been reported.

Some buildings in the capital city of Wellington were evacuated and items were knocked off the shelves.

"We've certainly dodged a bullet," Vince Cholewa, a spokesman for the civil defense ministry, told CNN. "There are buildings that have lost some plaster. Some cracks in walls -- nothing major."

Officials say several people had to be rescued from elevators.

"It's very frightening," Cholewa said. "I was on the eighth floor of a building and it certainly wobbled quite well. I was under my desk well and truly."

New Zealand is part of the pacific Ring of Fire. In 2011, a deadly quake rocked the city of Christchurch, killing 185 people.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  

CBN IS HERE FOR YOU!

Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBNNews.com

CBNNews.com

CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.