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Christchurch hit by ‘violent’ 5.8 quake | Courier Mail

December 22, 2011

REPORTS are coming in of a “large earthquake” that hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

New Zealand Herald reporter Jarrod Brooker described it as “violent” and lasting for 20-30 seconds.

Reuters is reporting the quake measured 5.9 on the Richter scale. The US Geological Survey revised it down to 5.8.

The quake hit about 2pm local time.

The NZ Herald also reported that the Christchurch International Airport was being evacuated and there were reports of liquefaction.

There are reports power has been knocked out and phone lines are jammed. Westfield Mall was also evacuated.

Twitter reports said household items were smashed.

The quake was felt as far south as Dunedin.

Christchurch has been enduring thousands of aftershocks since the February 22 quake which destroyed much of the central city and killed more than 180 people.

Christchurch hit by ‘violent’ 5.8 quake | Courier Mail.

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