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New Zealand hit by second earthquake in just over a week

An army convoy brings supplies to the town of Kaikoura after an earthquake on November 14, 2016.
An army convoy brings supplies to the town of Kaikoura after an earthquake on November 14, 2016. MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck central New Zealand on Tuesday, little more than a week after a powerful tremor centered in the upper South Island rocked the country and killed two people.

Tuesday’s quake was centered off the coast of the North Island, 138 km (86 miles) from Palmerston North at a depth of 37 km (23 miles).

Thousands of aftershocks have been registered since a 7.8 magnitude quake struck near Christchurch in the early hours of Nov 14.

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