23 Dec '11, 2am

5.8-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand city of Christchurch

WELLINGTON (AFP) - The earthquake-devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch was rocked by a powerful 5.8 magnitude tremor on Friday forcing evacuations from buildings, residents said. New Zealand's second largest city was hit by a 6.3-magnitude quake in February, killing 181 people and destroying much of the downtown area. Government seismologists measured the latest shake at magnitude 5.8 and said it struck at 1.58pm (8.58am Singapore time) eight kilometres deep. Local news media reported people fleeing into the streets with fear on their faces as the quake followed by four strong aftershocks rattled the city. Shopping malls were vacated and Television New Zealand said the international airport was shut down. Telephone services and electricity supplies were disrupted but police said there were no immediate reports of structural damage.

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