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Earthquake strikes off New Zealand

A strong magnitude-6.7 earthquake that struck off the New Zealand coast rattled much of the country but did not result in any initial reports of damage or injuries.

The quake hit 110 miles north-east of the North Island city of Gisborne, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake's epicentre was a relative deep 22 miles, according to the agency.

The quake this morning was felt throughout much of country according to the GeoNet agency, which collects earthquake information. Most people reported feeling it as a light or moderate shaking.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue a tsunami warning.

New Zealand is part of a geologically active region that is often called the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

A 2011 earthquake in the city of Christchurch destroyed much of the centre and killed 185 people.

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