New Zealand hit by quake

2012-07-21 08:42
The Timeball Station, badly damaged by the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the township of Lyttelton near Christchurch, New Zealand. (Sarah Ivey, AP)

The Timeball Station, badly damaged by the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the township of Lyttelton near Christchurch, New Zealand. (Sarah Ivey, AP)

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Wellington - A strong earthquake has struck off the east coast of New Zealand, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage.

The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.8 tremor struck on Saturday off the east coast of the North Island at a depth of 20km.

New Zealand is prone to earthquakes. In February 2011, a strong quake in Christchurch killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city's downtown area.

- SAPA
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