Strong but deep quake rattles New Zealand's North Island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A strong but deep earthquake has struck New Zealand's North Island, causing the nation's parliament to be briefly suspended as a precaution.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

The magnitude 6.1 quake struck Tuesday afternoon about 77 kilometers (48 miles) northeast of the town of New Plymouth. It was at a depth of 227 kilometers (141 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Thousands of people felt the quake, some as far away as the South Island.

The quake did not disrupt an event in Auckland attended by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry and wife Meghan were visiting the head office of a charity dedicated to supporting the children of prisoners.

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