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article imageMagnitude 5.8 earthquake hits off New Zealand coast

By Anne Sewell     Jul 21, 2012 in Environment
This morning a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck off the coast of New Zealand. No reports have been received of damage or injuries.
According to the The U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude-5.8 temblor struck off the east coast of North Island at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles).
The earthquake was felt in the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay regions of New Zealand. Fortunately, no damage has been reported and there are no immediate reports of injuries.
New Zealand tends to be prone to earthquakes, and in February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude quake near Christchurch caused the deaths of 185 people and massive destruction to the city center.
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