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    Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Hits New Zealand's South Island

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    A 5.2-magnitude earthquake occurred 15 kilometers (9 miles) north-west of the town of Culverden in New Zealand’s South Island, the country's official earthquake monitoring service GeoNet Science said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The "severe" earthquake hit the coast of the country's North Canterbury region at 9:18 a.m. local time (20:18 GMT on Saturday) at a depth of 9 kilometers, the GeoNet Science reported.

    A total of eight aftershocks classified as "weak" were detected on North Canterbury’s coast following the "severe" tremor, the monitoring service added.

    According to the country's media, there were no reports of damages or major injuries caused by earthquakes.


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