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Strong Earthquake Shakes New Zealand – US Geological Survey

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A strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Friday off New Zealand's southern coast, the US Geological Survey said.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The quake centered 66 kilometers (41 miles) northwest of the town of Kaikoura, at a depth of 55 kilometers (34 miles).

There was no word of casualties or damage although the quake was widely felt.

Parts of New Zealand lie on the so-called Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped string of volcanoes around the Pacific Rim, where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur.

Last February the island nation was rattled by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that killed at least 166 people.

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