Earthquake magnitude 7.1 hits coast of New Zealand


A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 has struck off the coast of New Zealand, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake hit 105 miles northeast of the city of Gisborne and had a depth of 19.1 miles.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

The quake did not pose any danger of a tsunami on the Pacific coast of Canada or the United States, the US National Tsunami Warning Center said.

Twitter users in New Zealand’s North Island reported being woken up by shaking, according to Reuters.

The Chilean Navy also said it did not expect a tsunami on the coast of the South American nation.

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