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Strong 6.5 quake shakes New Zealand

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off New Zealand today, jolting the nation’s capital but no tsunami alert was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit at 5:09 pm (0509 GMT) 57 kilometres (36 miles) south-southwest of Wellington at a depth of 14 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.
USGS initially reported the magnitude at 6.9. It was followed minutes later by another quake of 5.5 and came about 10 hours after a 5.8 tremor in the same region which has been rocked by multiple quakes in recent days.
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