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6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes New Zealand

An earthquake measuring 6,1 magnitude has occurred 64km south-west of Taumarunui in New Zealand, causing parliament to be suspended as a precaution.

The earthquake was felt over much of New Zealand.

It is one of the largest earthquakes in New Zealand since a Magnitude 7.8 tremor struck near Kaikoura in November 2016, which killed two people.

At this stage no damages or loss of human life have been reported.

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GNS Science have advised there is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the earthquake.

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