Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT | By AFP

New Zealand cleans up after strong 6.5 earthquake

The city's downtown area was eerily quiet on Monday morning with authorities urging office workers to stay at home so emergency crews could carry out damage assessment and clean up debris


New Zealand cleans up after strong 6.5 earthquake (© AP)

Wellington, New Zealand: Emergency crews launched a major clean-up on Monday following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Wellington, as aftershocks continued to rattle the New Zealand capital.

The quake, the strongest of scores of tremors to hit central New Zealand since Friday, sent masonry and glass plunging into city streets as panicked locals bolted for cover.

It struck at 5:09 pm (0509 GMT) on Sunday 57 kilometres (36 miles) south-southwest of Wellington at a depth of 14 kilometres (8.6 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

The city's downtown area was eerily quiet on Monday morning with authorities urging office workers to stay at home so emergency crews could carry out damage assessment and clean up debris.

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