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Powerful 5.7-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

The earthquake happened at 10.04am local time on Thursday and its epicentre was near the town of Te Araroa on the east coast of the island.

It had a depth of 25 kilometres and was felt by people north of Te Araroa in Auckland and the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in Australia, stuff.co.nz reported.

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island

The South Island would also have felt the earthquake as far south as Christchurch, which is more than 1,100 kilometres away from the epicentre.

It was initially recorded as a 5.0-magnitude earthquake, 100km from Te Araroa, before it was upgraded, according to GeoNet. 

Following the earthquake, New Zealand’s Earthquakes Commission tweeted: ‘We hope everyone is okay up on the after that one. Take care of each…

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