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3 more quakes hit southern area

July 30, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Three moderate earthquakes, ranging in magnitude from 5.0 to 5.1, struck southern New Zealand early today, the latest of hundreds of aftershocks since a 7.8-magnitude quake in mid-July, seismologists reported.

Emergency services said there were no immediate reports of injury or damage from the latest quakes in the Fiordland region of South Island.

GNS Science said hundreds of aftershocks have been recorded in the sparsely populated region since the magnitude 7.8 quake on July 15, the strongest recorded in the world so far this year.

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