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USGS: Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck 91 km (57 miles) north-northeast of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand just after midnight (1102 GMT Sunday), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Christchurch is the biggest city on New Zealand's South Island. A 6.3 quake there in February 2011 killed 185 people and caused widespread damage. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from Monday's quake.

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