No reports of damage as earthquake rocks New Zealand
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook central New Zealand but there were no immediate reports of damage, officials said. The strong quake, which struck at 4:08 am (1508 GMT Sunday), was centred in the Tasman Sea, 160 kilometres (100 miles) northwest of Wellington at a depth of 150 kilometres, the Geological and Nuclear Sciences department reported on its website. Much of the lower North Island and upper South Island were affected and emergency services said there had been a few reports of items falling off shelves. Police in the South Island town of Nelson said they had received no reports of damage and the quake had not been felt strongly. In nearby Blenheim police described it as a "strong jolt". A police spokesman in Wanganui, on the west coast of the North Island, said the tremor lasted more than 30 seconds but was a "gentle shake".