Strong quake hits off east coast of New Zealand

New Zealand is prone to earthquakes.

Written by Agencies | New Zealand | Published:July 21, 2012 12:18 pm

A strong earthquake has struck off the east coast of New Zealand,but there were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.8 temblor struck Saturday off the east coast of the North Island at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles).

New Zealand is prone to earthquakes. In February 2011,a strong quake in Christchurch killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city’s downtown area.

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