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Hobbit’s eagle damaged as quake hits New Zealand

6.3 quake hits Wellington. Main damage is a eagle celebrating The Hobbit movie.

Passengers make their way around a giant eagle sculpture promoting "The Hobbit" movie trilogy which fell from the roof in the wake of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake at Wellington Airport in Wellington. (AP) Passengers make their way around a giant eagle sculpture promoting “The Hobbit” movie trilogy which fell from the roof in the wake of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake at Wellington Airport in Wellington. (AP)

A strong earthquake rattled New Zealand’s lower North Island including the capital Wellington on Monday, although there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

The United States Geological Survey reported the magnitude 6.3 quake struck at 3:52 p.m. local time, about 38 kilometers northeast of the town of Masterton. Many Wellington residents were at home because it was a public holiday in the region.

hobbitA giant eagle sculpture in Wellington’s airport, placed there to promote director Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy “The Hobbit,” fell from its overhead perch to the floor.

hobbit2New Zealand lies on the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

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First published on: 20-01-2014 at 05:42:21 pm
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