A powerful magnitude-7.4 earthquake has hit some 90 kilometres north of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, with vibrations felt up to 200km away.

Powerful Magnitude-7.4 Earthquake Strikes New Zealand’s South Island

No injuries have been reported, but images posted to social media demonstrate the quake’s impact on homes and businesses within the vicinity.

The quake and subsequent aftershocks prompted the nation’s Civil Defence to issue a tsunami warning for residents along the nation’s east coast, and the first wave has already been recorded.

Those in affected areas have been advised to stay out of the water, avoid the shoreline, and seek higher ground.


Prime Minister John Key has urged all affected residents to follow @nzcivildefence for updates on the situation.

Source: ABC / NZ Herald.

Photo: Richard Bicknell / Twitter.