Magnitude 6.8 quake hits New Zealand south island

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WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck New Zealand's south island today, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake was centered 64 miles west-northwest of Queenstown, New Zealand, and 439 miles southwest of Wellington, the USGS said.

It occurred at 7:29 am EDT 1759 hrs IST today, which was 1:29 am local time on Tuesday at the epicenter.

Police on south island said the quake had been widely felt, but there qwere no reports of damage or injuries.

REUTERS SKB PM1957

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