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New Zealand police confirm one person killed in earthquake

SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand Police said at least one person has been killed in a powerful earthquake that struck the Pacific country early on Monday.

“One casualty has been reported at a collapsed property in Kaikoura,” NZ Police said in a statement.

The coastal tourist town of Kaikoura is near the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude quake, located some 91 km (57 miles) north-northeast of Christchurch in the South Island.

Reporting By Jane Wardell; Editing by Alex Richardson

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