New Zealand city rattled by 5.0-magnitude quake

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Wellington, Jan 1: The earthquake-devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch was rattled on Sunday by a 5.0-magnitude tremor, geologists said, although there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, which struck at a relatively shallow depth of 19 kilometres, around 18 kilometres east of Christchurch at 2215 IST, according to the US Geological Survey.

The city has been hit by a series of strong aftershocks since causing fear among residents and further damage to property. New Zealand sits on the so-called "Ring of Fire", the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, and experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year. 


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