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    5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits off New Zealand - USGS

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    A 5.1 magnitude quake has occurred off L'Esperance Rock in the Pacific Ocean near New Zealand, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

    The quake happened at 9:21 a.m. GMT, with an epicentre 91 kilometres (56.5 miles) east of L'Esperance Rock at a depth of about 10 kilometres (6 miles), USGS reported. In the meantime, the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences has estimated the quake in the area to have a 5.9 magnitude.

    There are no reports about any damage, or victims caused by the earthquake. No tsunami warning has been declared.

    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.​

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