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Strong earthquake strikes off New Zealand; no reports of damage

The magnitude 5.6 quake struck off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island at about 1:20 p.m. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning.

world Updated: Nov 22, 2016 08:05 IST
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New Zealand earthquake

The earthquake destroyed Elms homestead that killed resident Louis Edgar in Monday's 7.8-magnitude quake is seen near Kaikoura, New Zealand on November 16.(AP Photo)

A strong earthquake rattled parts of New Zealand on Tuesday but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The magnitude 5.6 quake struck off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island at about 1.20 pm local time. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning.

The epicenter was about 200 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of the capital Wellington, according to the US Geological Survey. It was at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

New Zealand was last week hit with a powerful magnitude 7.8 quake near the coastal South Island town of Kaikoura that killed two people.

The nation of 4.7 million people sits on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.

An earthquake in Christchurch five years ago killed 185 people and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings.