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7.1 quake strikes off NZ

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A strong magnitude-7.1 earthquake rattled the coast of New Zealand’s North Island on Friday morning, triggering a small tsunami and shaking items from shelves but not causing any major damage or injuries.

The quake struck just over 160 kilometers (100 miles) northeast of the city of Gisborne at a depth of 19 kilometers (12 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey. It was widely felt throughout the North Island and was followed by a series of aftershocks.