Major earthquake rattles New Zealand close to Christchurch
New Zealand's South Island was jolted awake after a severe earthquake struck near its west coast Jan. 6. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck close to Arthur's Pass, about 60 miles west of Christchurch, just before 7 a.m. local time, reports the BBC. It was recorded as one of the strongest seismic events in New Zealand since the 2011 Christchurch quake that killed 185 people.
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