A magnitude 6 earthquake has been recorded 30km north-west of Wanaka, on New Zealand’s South Island.
The earthquake was recorded by GeoNet, who provide real-time monitoring and data collection in New Zealand for response and research into earthquakes.
Quake 30 km north-west of Wanaka, intensity moderate, approx. M3.5, depth 5 km http://t.co/nCyC4UoVvO Mon May 4 2015 2:36 PM (NZST)
— GeoNet (@geonet) May 4, 2015
The NZ Herald reports the quake was felt as far north as Wellington.
The quake occurred at a depth of 5km and was reported to be “severe”, however, GeoNet said it was unlikely to cause damage because it was so deep.
The snow-capped mountains around the area have been used extensively in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film series.
Here’s a map of the area where the earthquake occurred:
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