Reported on May 25,2012
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday afternon at a depth of 11 kilometres and was centred 10km east of Christchurch.
No reports of damages and casualties had been reported. There have been some reports of people running from malls in Christchurch and New Brighton Library has been evacuated to check for damage, while Orion said its systems showed power had stayed on in the city through the quake. The residents are on a violent jolt that rumbled for several seconds.
The highest building in thr city the District Courthouse just continously making the deliberation on the murder trial case of George Gwaze. The central city red zone cordon has been evacuated, with up to 1000 rebuild workers and demolition contractors told to leave the danger zone. Debris was reported falling from already quake-damaged buildings and more bricks reportedly came down off the crippled Christ Church Cathedral.
The shake was followed by a 3.6-magnitude quake four minutes later, which hit at a depth of 20km, five kilometres north-east of the city.