Moderate quake hits New Zealand's lower South Island

09:26, March 01, 2010      

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An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook New Zealand's lower South Island on Sunday evening, causing no casualties or damages.

The quake struck 70 km southwest of Te Anau at a depth of 90 km, at 06:14 p.m. (05:14 GMT), the New Zealand Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science said.

It would have been felt in Fiordland, Southland and Otago, the GNS science said.

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