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Magnitude 5 earthquake shakes Wellington, Christchurch

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/02/2016

A severe 5.0 magnitude earthquake has struck near Blenheim on the South Island.

The quake occurred around 30km south-east of Seddon on Monday afternoon, just off the coast, at a depth of eight kilometres.

There were at least 900 moderate and light felt reports within 10 minutes of the quake hitting in Blenheim, Wellington and Christchurch but there are no reports of any serious damage.

Civil Defence says at this stage there is no tsunami risk.

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