New Zealand struck by quake


A strong earthquake struck off the west coast of New Zealand's North Island today, shaking residents across a wide area and toppling goods from shelves.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or injury.

The 7.0 magnitude quake was centred 170km northwest of the capital Wellington at a depth of 230km, the national GeoNet website reported.

The US Geological Service earlier reported the tremor at a 6.2 magnitude. There was no tsunami warning issued.

The quake was felt throughout central New Zealand, sparking a flurry of activity on social network sites, but local media reported only minor damage.

"It was a good shake but we see no damage. I felt the whole building shake," said a spokeswoman at the Opunake police station, some 60km from the epicentre.

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