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6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes South Pacific

April 18, 2011

The U.S. Geological Survey said that a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific on Monday.

The survey said that the epicenter was south of the Kermadeic Islands, about 340 miles east-northeast of Auckland, New Zealand.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, but the U.S. Geological Survey later increased to a 6.6-magnitude quake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that it does not expect the earthquake to generate “a destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami.”

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake devastated New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch, in February, which claimed 181 lives.  This earthquake followed a more powerful 7.1-magnitude quake in September 2010.

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