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UPDATE: At least 2 dead in New Zealand quake

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UPDATE: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says at least two people were killed in the powerful earthquake that struck the country.

Key did not provide any further details at a news conference Monday morning in Wellington, the capital.

Authorities said they were not yet declaring a national emergency, saying the regions are coping well.

The magnitude-7.8 quake struck early Monday, just after midnight, 214 kilometers (132 miles) south of Wellington, where it collapsed a ferry loading ramp, broke windows and caused items to fall from shelves

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) —New Zealand authorities say a powerful earthquake has generated a tsunami, with the first waves hitting the South Island.

The department of civil defense warned people all along the country's east coast to move to higher ground.

The magnitude-7.8 quake struck just after midnight Sunday near the city of Christchurch. It was at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

Some minor damage was reported in the capital, Wellington, over 200 kilometers (120 miles) away. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries in Christchurch.

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