May 4, 2015 / 3:03 AM / in 2 years

Earthquake rattles New Zealand's South Island: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the near the New Zealand South Island resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday.

The quake was centered 59 km (36 miles) north of Queenstown at a depth of 10 km (six miles) according to the USGS. Social media users reported feeling the tremor but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

The quake was initially measured at 5.9 magnitude

Reporting by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Michael Perry

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