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No tsunami from 6.5 quake off New Zealand

By Star-Advertiser staff & Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 7:39 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2013

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the east coast of South Island, New Zealand, does not pose a tsunami threat to Hawaii, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The quake occurred at 7:10 p.m. Hawaii time.

The quake New Zealand capital Wellington was rattled by a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Sunday that

Wellington Police Inspector Marty Parker said there had been minor structural damage that had left parts of the city without power. There have been no reports of injury and no tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck under the Cook Strait 35 miles southwest of Wellington. It was 6 miles underground.

The quake could be felt hundreds of kilometers away in the center of New Zealand's North Island.

Parker said the quake struck near nightfall. A more complete picture of the damage would emerge in the morning, he said.

New Zealand is part of the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" that receives regular seismic activity. A severe earthquake in the city of Christchurch in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city's downtown.

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