Aug. 17 - Residents clean up continues after a magnitude 6.5 quake strikes New Zealand's South Island. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Residents were clearing up on Saturday (August 17) after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake near Seddon on the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island on Friday (August 16).
Television New Zealand reported that almost all of the houses in Seddon were damaged and in need of repair after the quake, which struck at a dangerously shallow depth of about 8 km (5 miles), similar to a deadly tremor that shattered the South Island city of Christchurch in 2011.
Parts of the state highway sustained major cracks but has reopened to traffic.
The U.S. Geological Survey originally measured the quake at a magnitude of 6.8 but later revised that figure down to 6.5. New Zealand quake monitoring service GNS Science put the magnitude at 6.2.
The quake did not trigger a widespread tsunami alert, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, although there was a series of strong aftershocks.
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