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Powerful aftershocks rock New Zealand

06-13-2011 18:44 BJT

A series of powerful tremors have rattled the quake-prone New Zealand city of Christchurch, destroying a building and sending boulders tumbling down hillsides.

The strongest aftershock measured 6 magnitude and another measured 5.5. An amateur video shows lights and speakers swaying in a house when the quake hit. So far, there are no reported fatalities. Officials say 10 people suffered minor injuries. Power was cut to about 50-thousand houses. Christchurch airport was also temporarily shut down. Shopping malls and office buildings were evacuated across the city.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 13: A car stands in water on Ferry Road after two
magnitude 6.0 and 5.5 earthquakes struck on June 13, 2011 in Christchurch, New
Zealand. The aftershocks have followed four months after the major eathquake which
hit the city on February 22, 2011 resulting in the deaths of 181 people. (Photo by
Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 13: A car stands in water on Ferry Road after two
magnitude 6.0 and 5.5 earthquakes struck on June 13, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The aftershocks have followed four months after the major eathquake which hit the city
on February 22, 2011 resulting in the deaths of 181 people. (Photo by Martin
Hunter/Getty Images)

Christchurch is still trying to recover almost four months after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed 181 people and caused extensive damage.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 13: A house near Shag Rock, Sumner stands damaged
after two earthquakes, a magnitude 6.0 and 5.5, struck on June 13, 2011 in Christchurch,
New Zealand. The aftershocks have followed four months after the major eathquake which
hit the city on February 22, 2011 resulting in the deaths of 181 people. (Photo by
Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 13: A house stands damaged at Shag Rock near Sumner
after the cliff fell away during two magnitude 6.0 and 5.5 earthquakes struck on
June 13, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The aftershocks have followed four months
after the major eathquake which hit the city on February 22, 2011 resulting in the
deaths of 181 people. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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