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Earthquake of 6.8 magnitude strikes off New Zealand

According to reports, an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck south of New Zealand's South Island on Tuesday. The quake hit 196 km (122 miles) northwest of Auckland Island, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). There was no tsunami threat from the quake, New Zealand's Civil Defence said. "Based on the information we have there could be light to moderate shaking in the southern South Island," said Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Greg Breen.

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