A severe earthquake has hit a group of islands at the bottom
of the South Island.
According to Geonet, the 5.2 magnitude quake, which was 13km
deep and which struck at 8.26am, was centred 85km northwest
of the Snares islands.
The islands, about 100km southwest of Stewart Island, are the
closest of New Zealand's subantarctic islands to the
The untouched and pristine islands are considered an
important conservation area.