5.5 magnitude aftershock hits New Zealand's Christchurch

13:04, June 13, 2011      

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A 5.5 magnitude aftershock hit New Zealand's South Island city of Christchurch on Monday.

New Zealand Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences said the quake occurred at 1 p.m. (0100 GMT), and was centered 10 km east of Christchurch. It was at a depth of 11 km.

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake was also recorded at 12:29 p.m., 10 km north of Darfield. It was also 11 km deep.

A Xinhua reporter in Christchurch said the 5.5 magnitude shock was "short, and strong."

Phone lines were overloading for a short time when the quake occurred.

Christchurch airport has halted flights and was checking the runway. But the terminal has not been evacuated.

So far, no reports of casualties or major damage were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake at a magnitude of 5.2.

On Feb. 22, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, killing 181 people.

Source: Xinhua
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