Hobbit eagle has landed after quake
Published 20/01/2014 | 03:42
An earthquake in New Zealand shook loose a giant eagle sculpture promoting The Hobbit movie trilogy and caused other minor damage around the region today.
The magnitude 6.3 quake struck the country's lower North Island at just before 4pm local time and rattled the capital Wellington. Many residents of the city were at home because it was a public holiday.
There were no initial reports of major damage or injuries, although the quake was strong enough to damage some homes, trigger rockslides and road closures, and knock items from shelves.
New Zealand lies on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.
An earthquake in the city of Christchurch in 2011 destroyed much of the central area and killed 185 people.