On Sunday evening, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook central parts of the country.
The epicenter was reported 52 km (32 miles) south-southwest of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Dramatic shaking was felt in other cities from Blenheim and Seddon to smaller tremors in areas much further away, including Christchurch.
Aftershocks were also felt following the rather strong quake.
Sunday morning's quake followed a series of smaller earthquakes from Friday and Saturday that spawned checks of a few buildings in Wellington.
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No fatalities have been reported from Sunday's quake; however, numerous buildings were damaged, ranging from cracked and broken walls to shattered windows.
Reports indicated several people were hospitalized with injuries associated to the earthquake.
Also, part of Port Wellington fractured during the earthquake and fell into Wellington Harbor. The remainder of the port is said to have suffered little or no damage.
Additional aftershocks will be possible in the coming days.
The quake occurred along a fault line between the Australian and Pacific plate, in one of the most active seismology areas in he world.
In February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck near Christchurch, causing extensive damage and killing more than 180 people. Many bystanders said that Sunday evening's shake felt much like the Christchurch one just over two years ago.
Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.
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