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A strong earthquake has rocked New Zealand, destroying buildings and cutting power in a city on the North Island.

Panicked people rushed into the streets of Gisborne when the earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck the city about 8.55pm (1855 AEDT).

There were no reports of serious injuries although police said there was extensive damage in Gisborne's central business district.

At least one building had completely collapsed while others had caved-in roofs and other damage, said Senior Sergeant Tony Gibson from Gisborne Police.

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