FIVE EARTHQUAKES ROCK NEW ZEALAND

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 30, 2011) - Parts of New Zealand's North Island were rocked by earthquakes on Monday but no damage was reported.

Four earthquakes rolled though within 90 minutes of each other.

They came after a 3.8 magnitude quake.

All were at the same location, about 30 kilometers south of Gisborne.

The earthquakes in Gisborne follow a magnitude 5.9 quake on Friday which was felt widely across the North Island.

The string of quakes comes as Hawkes Bay prepares to remember the 80th anniversary of New Zealand's worst natural disaster, the 1931 earthquake, which claimed 258 lives.

The Hawkes Bay earthquake, also known as the Napier earthquake, devastated the Hawkes Bay region.

New Zealand lies along the boundary between the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates.

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