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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 - 9:13
5.7-magnitude earthquake felt in New Zealand capital
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New Zealand's capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday (Feb 9), according to the country's earthquake monitoring service.

The quake's epicenter was 35km southeast of St Arnaud, a small town in the north of the country's South Island, at a depth of 62km, according to Geonet's website.

Reuter’s witnesses felt shaking in Wellington, which has a population of around 450,000. There were no initial reports of damage or injury.

Earthquakes are common in New Zealand, whose two islands lie along the Australia-Pacific tectonic plate boundary. A shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake devastated the South Island's Canterbury region in 2011, resulting in nearly 200 deaths and leveling Christchurch, the country's second largest city.

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