RAW VIDEO: Magnitude-6.9 earthquake rocks New Zealand
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The New Zealand capital Wellington was rattled by a strong magnitude-6.9 earthquake on Sunday that broke water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines.
Wellington Police Inspector Marty Parker said there had been minor structural damage that had left parts of the city without power. There have been no reports of injury and no tsunami.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck under the Cook Strait, 35 miles southwest of Wellington. It was 6 miles underground.
Parker said the quake struck near nightfall. A more complete picture of the damage would emerge in the morning, he said.
New Zealand is part of the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" that receives regular seismic activity. A severe earthquake in the city of Christchurch in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city's downtown.
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