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New Zealand coast hit by strong earthquake of magnitude 7.1, no tsunami warning issued

A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on Richter scale about 167 kilometers (104 miles) off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island was recorded today, U.S. Geological Survey said. There are no immediate

India TV News Desk, New York [ Updated: September 01, 2016 23:31 IST ]
Earthquake off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island
Image Source : USGS Earthquake off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island

A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on Richter scale about 167 kilometers (104 miles) off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island was recorded today, U.S. Geological Survey said. 

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii reports that no tsunami of significant strength is expected. The Chilean Navy also said it did not expect a tsunami on the coast of the South American nation.

USGS said that the epicentre of the quake was 166 km NE of Gisborne, New Zealand which falls in the South Pacific Ocean. It had a depth of 19.0 km. 

The USGS originally reported the quake as a 7.2 magnitude but later downgraded it to 7.1.

The quake comes a day after a magnitude-5.7 quake registered in the same area, 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Te Araroa on the North Island's east coast.

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