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    Powerful Earthquakes and Tsunami Rock New Zealand

    A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand just after midnight, killing two people and creating tsunami waves more than six feet above normal levels as panicked residents evacuated buildings and authorities urged them to seek higher ground. A series of large aftershocks, some exceeding magnitude 6, have followed. Some struck near the city of Christchurch, where a magnitude-6.3 quake killed 185 people in 2011. Evacuation advisories have extended to the North Island and the capital, Wellington, and authorities say aftershocks are likely to continue for several months to come.

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