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Strong quake jolts southern NZ
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08:32, October 16, 2007

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A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 jolted southern New Zealand early Tuesday local time, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

The quake, which struck at sea 60 kilometers west of Milford Sound on South Island's west coast at 1:29 a.m. local time Tuesday (1229 GMT Monday), was some 24 kilometers beneath the surface, according to the Website of New Zealand geological agency, GNS Science.

New Zealand lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where colliding plates in the earth's crust cause frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity.


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