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Major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 hits off coast of New Zealand

Published 01/09/2016 | 18:06

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck off the coast of New Zealand, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

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The quake hit 105 miles (169 km) northeast of Gisborne, New Zealand and had a depth of 19.1 miles (30 km), the USGS said.

Twitter users in New Zealand's North Island reported being woken up by shaking. The quake did not pose any danger of a tsunami on the Pacific coast of Canada or the United States, the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said.

The Chilean Navy also said it did not expect a tsunami on the coast of the South American nation.

The USGS originally reported the quake as a 7.2 magnitude but later downgraded it to 7.1.

Civil defence authorities have ordered the evacuation of some coastal areas due to fears that the offshore earthquake could cause a tsunami.

However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said it did not see this as a major threat.


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