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Muriwai Beach near Auckland, New Zealand, is seen from the air Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, following a fatal shark attack.   (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Chris Gorman)

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake in New Zealand triggered a tsunami warning


A magnitude-7.4 earthquake hit New Zealand near the city of Christchurch just after midnight Sunday, with strong jolts felt 120 miles away in the capital of Wellington.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. Initial reports said there was no danger of a tsunami, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center released a warning by about 7 a.m. Eastern time.

In 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch killed 185 people.

Here's the tsunami warning.

And here's the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence's follow-up warnings.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had visited New Zealand over the weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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