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New Zealand earthquake 2012: 6.3 quake hits New Zealand's northern island

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A magnitude-6.3 earthquake hit northern New Zealand Friday.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injures as a result of the earthquake, which struck at about 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

The earthquake's epicenter on New Zealand's North Island sits about 214 miles north of Wellington, the nation's capital.

A quake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand in February of 2011 also registered as a 6.3 on the Richter scale. That disaster caused widespread damage in the region and killed 185 people.

According to a TV ONE report, shaking could be felt throughout the island and was described as a "long, noisy quake."

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