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New Zealand: South Island: Earthquake 5.9

A strong earthquake has reportedly rattled New Zealand, sending people fleeing from buildings.


The 5.9-magnitude quake hit at 3:36 pm (4.36am UK time) with its epicentre about 41 miles from the South Island town of Kaikoura.


The tremor was at a depth of 34 miles, the US Geological Survey said.


The local GeoNet monitoring service said it was felt across the entire country, but was unlikely to cause damage because it was so deep.


However, there were widespread outages on landline and mobile networks.

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