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New Zealand Hit By Magnitude 6.0 Quake, No Serious Damage Reported


New Zealand Hit By Magnitude 6.0 Quake, No Serious Damage Reported



A magnitude struck near Geraldine in the centre of New Zealand's South Island on Thursday, government seismic monitor Geonet said on Wednesday, but initial reports indicate no injuries or significant damage.


The earthquake, the largest in the country this year, hit at 9.14 a.m. (211 GMT) Wednesday at a focal depth of 11 km (7 miles). GeoNet said more than 14.000 people had reported feeling the shake, some as for north as Auckland in the North Island.


The quake struck not far from where a 6.3 magnitude quake hit in 2011, killing 185 people and causing major damage in the South Island city of Christchurch.

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