An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 shook the city on Saturday in Christchurch New Zealand, causing power cuts in several areas, but with no immediate reports of damage or casualties, authorities said.
Christchurch, New Zealand's second city, was devastated in February by a 6.3 magnitude quake, which left 181 dead. This was preceded by an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 in September, although less destructive.
The quake occurred at 17:49 this Saturday local (02H49 GMT) 16 kilometers west of the city at a depth of 9 km, said the American Geophysical Institute (USGS). The power company Orion said that the quake left about 20,000 homes and businesses without power in Christchurch.
About 20 minutes after registering in New Zealand, an earthquake struck the coast of Australia, about 125 km from the city of Townsville. According to information from Australian television, the quake was felt in several towns in the county.