A powerful earthquake hit the North Island of New Zealand, which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are visiting on their actual tour.
The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck near Taumarunui on Tuesday afternoon. The center of the earthquake was about 280 miles south of Auckland, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are visiting.
The Parliament of New Zealand was suspended after the earthquake, and more than 15,000 people reported having felt it.
The tremor was one of the largest felt in the country since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Kaikoura on the South Island in November 2016, which caused the death of two.
Authorities are warning people to be prepared for aftershocks.
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A powerful earthquake has struck the North Island of New Zealand, which the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex (photographed with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern) are visiting on their actual tour
The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck near Taumarunui. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Auckland about 280 km north
The earthquake was one of the largest felt in the country since an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred near Kaikoura on the South Island in November 2016, killing two people.
The earthquake was reported as "strong" and "widely felt" by GeoNet, with a depth of 193 km.
People reported feeling the earthquake in Christchurch on the South Island, which is 800 km away.
The earthquake forced at least two planes to abort their programmed landings in Wellington.
The Minister of Civil Defense, Kris Faafoi, warned the people to prepare for the aftershocks.
Mr. Faafoi said he was not sure if royalty had been affected.
Hawke & # 39; s Civil Defense recommended that people affected by the tremor should "stand firm."
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex began their day in Redvale, on the north coast of Auckland, where they dedicated an area of 20 hectares of native shrubs to the canopy of the Commonwealth Canopy, which preserves indigenous forests for future generations.
Prince Harry and Meghan were then joined by local schoolboys to plant trees at the site. The duchess planted a Kōwhai tree, whose flower was one of the 53 veils of her wedding dress.
The earthquake forced at least two planes to abort their programmed landings in Wellington
People came to Twitter to report on the earthquake that occurred on Tuesday.
Then, the royal couple was given the task of leading their own team of students in a "good manners" contest.
Meghan's team emerged victorious against her husband in the contest, in which competitors threw a Wellington boot as far as they could.
The next commitment for the Duke and the Duchess was a visit to Pillars, a charity for the children of prisoners operating in New Zealand. They were joined by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, for the occasion.
Meghan and Harry will later visit downtown Auckland to meet and greet with local residents before attending a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex began their day in Redvale, on the north coast of Auckland, where they dedicated an area of 20 hectares of native shrubs to the canopy of the Commonwealth of the Queen
Members of Parliament said they felt the full force of the earthquake.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that people should control those around them to make sure they are not hurt.
Rep. Deoborah Russell said that "it seemed to last forever," while Louise Upton said it was the "longest I've felt" in the chamber.
Assistant speaker Anne Tolley called for the suspension of parliament.
"I never thought that I would have to do that, suspend the House until we discover what happened," he told Radio New Zealand.
& # 39; There was public in the galleries and people need to make sure their staff is well. I mean we're in the safest building, probably in the country, but just to make sure and get advice.
Meghan and Harry will visit downtown Auckland to meet and greet local residents before attending a reception at the Auckland War Museum.
A spokesman for Wellington Fire and Emergency said there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.
After the initial reports, the severity of the earthquake was reduced to a magnitude of 6.2.
The Civil Defense of New Zealand confirmed that there is no tsunami threat to the country after the earthquake.
The tremor was probably caused by the flexion of tectonic plates, the New Zealand Herald reported.
University of Victoria professor John Townend said he believed the earthquake was caused by the contortion of the Pacific plate as it moved against the Australian plate.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not affected by the earthquake.
Meghan's team emerged victorious against her husband in a rubber boots throwing competition, in which competitors threw a Wellington boot as far as possible.