EARTHQUAKE HITS: 6.3 Magnitude Quake Hits New Zealand

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(CNN) — An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.3 struck the lower part of New Zealand’s North Island on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake’s epicenter was about 115 kilometers (71 miles) northeast of Wellington, the country’s capital, the USGS said. It hit at a depth of about 27 kilometers (17 miles), the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

New Zealand sits at the southwestern edge of the Pacific “ring of fire,” an area of high seismic and volcanic activity that stretches up through Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coasts of North and South America.

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