Magnitude-7.1 earthquake hits off New Zealand coast

A map from the U.S. Geological Survey shows the location of an earthquake that struck off the coast of New Zealand on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. (USGS)

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck off the coast of New Zealand on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor hit off the east coast of New Zealand's northern island around 4:37 p.m. UTC at a depth of around 159 kilometers, USGS reported.

There were no immediate reports of any damage.

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