USGS: Quake rattles New Zealand's Christchurch

By REUTERS
December 31, 2011 04:13

 
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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck close to the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake was measured only about 14 km northeast of the city. It was another in a series of quakes that have rattled the city since a major earthquake killed almost 200 people there 10 months ago.

There were no immediate reports of a tsunami warning.

A quake of a similar magnitude was felt in the area on December 23, sending terrified residents from their houses but causing no casualties or major damage.

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