DFA: No Pinoys injured in New Zealand quake
MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs reported no Filipinos injured in the strong earthquake that hit Wellington, New Zealand on Friday.
DFA Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said the DFA got the report from Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Virginia Benavidez.
"Our embassy will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety and welfare of Filipino there," Hernandez said in a text message.
The embassy said there are about 36,000 Filipinos in New Zealand.
The 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Wellington at 2:31 p.m. (Wellington time).
In a report by Reuters, fire authorities said it was too early to assess the impact of the quake. Officials suspended air, rail and bus services to check on tracks, runways and roads for damage.
Widespread power outages were also experienced across the north of the South Island.
In 2011, New Zealand was struck by a 6.3 magnitude quake that caused major destruction and killed hundreds of people in Christchurch. With report from Reuters