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Earthquake jolts New Zealand, leading to ghost town

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Digital writers

Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:32 AM -

The New Zealand capital Wellington was rattled by a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Sunday, resulting in broken water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines. 

This was just one of several quakes that hit the lower North Island over the past few days, but there have been no reports of injuries after this latest occurrence.

Still, residents are uneasy wondering whether the swarm of tremors could lead to the "Big One." 

Engineers and inspectors are going through the city's buildings to make sure they're safe. They'll be thoroughly checked and given the green light before workers will be allowed back in.

New Zealand is part of the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" that receives regular seismic activity.

A severe earthquake in the city of Christchurch in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed much of the city's downtown.

With files from CNN

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