Strong quake strikes off New Zealand; no reports of damage




WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of New Zealand's North Island but there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The magnitude 5.6 quake on Tuesday was centered about 200 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of the capital Wellington, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

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

New Zealand was last week hit with a powerful magnitude 7.8 quake near the coastal South Island town of Kaikoura that killed two people.

New Zealand sits on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common. An earthquake in Christchurch five years ago killed 185 people.
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