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Strong quake jolts remote New Zealand island, no damage

WELLINGTON: A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake jolted New Zealand's remote and largely uninhabited Kermadec Islands region early Saturday, seismologists said, but there was no damage or threat of a tsunami. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centred 180 kilometres (112 miles) east of Raoul Island in the South Pacific at a depth of about 24 miles. The islands lie about 800 miles (1,200 kilometres) north of the North Island. The New Zealand ministry of civil defence said it briefly mobilised after the quake but soon dropped guard as it did not trigger any immediate tsunami alert or damage reports. "The New Zealand Tsunami Experts Panel has convened and advises that there is no threat to New Zealand from this event," the ministry said in a statement. But the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warned that some coastal areas in the region may experience small...

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