The city of Christchurch in New Zealand was struck by a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 just after midnight (1102 GMT) early Monday, the US Geological Survey said. Strong jolts caused some damage to buildings over 200 kilometers (120 miles) away in the capital, Wellington. New Zealand emergency services warned that a tsunami was possible and told people near the coast of the South Island to move to higher ground. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no immediate danger of a broader tsunami from the magnitude-7.4 quake.
The Twitterati erupted in reactions from those at the site of the earthquake and from the rest of the country.
— Alison Downs (@Alison_Downs) November 13, 2016
7.4 earthquake 100kms north of Christchurch. Felt it here in Wanaka. Whole house shook and wobbled. We ran outside just incase.
— Grant Denyer (@grantdenyer) November 13, 2016
That was enormous in Wellington. Must have been horrific in Christchurch #eqnz
— Simon (@simon_ob) November 13, 2016
Big shake just woke me up in Christchurch, incredibly long. Now getting after shocks
— Maz Quinn (@Maz_Quinn) November 13, 2016
Far out! I think the whole country must be awake. Thinking of Cheviot and Christchurch. #eqnz
— Deborah Russell (@BeeFaerie) November 13, 2016
Be safe New Zealand! Earthquake measuring 7.3 felt in Christchurch just past midnight in NZ. #NZ
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) November 13, 2016