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5.8-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand

world Updated: Mar 22, 2009 09:50 IST

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An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale shook much of New Zealand's North Island on Sunday.

The quake was centred just off the coast in the Bay of Plenty, about 210 km southeast of Auckland.

Seismologists at GNS Science said the quake was 160 km below the surface, a depth that reduced the risk to population centres.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.