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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits New Zealand

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near New Zealand’s capital Wellington on Monday, government seismic monitor Geonet said.

The earthquake was 46 kilometres deep and 25 kilometres northwest of Levin, according to Geonet.

A Reuters witness felt strong shaking in Wellington. Emergency officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.

New Zealand lies on the seismically active “Ring of Fire,” a 40,000-kilometre arc of volcanoes and ocean trenches girdling much of the Pacific Ocean.

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