Wellington: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake
struck New Zealand`s North Island near Rotorua, the US
Geological Survey said today, but there were no immediate
reports of damage and no tsunami warnings issued.
The quake hit at a depth of 153 kilometres around 42
kms southwest of the town of Rotorua at 3:02am local time, the
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunmai Warning Center did
not issue any advice following the quake.
In September a major 7.0-magnitude earthquake caused
widespread destruction in Christchurch on the nation`s South