Severe aftershock hits Christchurch
BREAKING NEWS: Another severe aftershock has rattled Canterbury this morning.
Reports were coming in that power was out to some parts of the city, and that cell networks were overloaded.
The magnitude of the quake, which hit at about 11.30am, has not yet been reported by GNS sciences.
Four other quakes have hit this morning. A 4.0 magnitude quake struck at 10.54am, 20km south-west of Christchurch.
A 3.3 quake hit 10km west of Kaiapoi at 9.43am, a 2.8 hit 10km east of Darfield at 7.48am, and another 2.8 hit 10km south of Christchurch at 3.19am.
Fiona Fidow at the Cupcake Collection in Westfields Mall, Riccarton said it was the second biggest shock they had felt since the original quake.
"This was very loud, very strong shaking. All our china is smashed in our kiosk. The mall alarms are going off and the mall has been evacuated. Quite a few people are crying and hysterial. There are a lot of frightened people."
Resident Jordan Hornblow said the shock knocked all his plates all over in the kitchen.
"It gave [me] one hell of a fright while trying to study," Hornblow said.
Christchurch resident Sean Scanlon said it felt like it was well over magnitude five.
"The house was rattling and books fell off the shelves."
His wife, Lucy Scanlon, had been forced to take cover on her desk at work in central Christchurch.
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Felt like the first one - fourth floor rattling and definite fear....
Can't believe it is only a 5!!!!!!