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Second earthquake hits Christchurch

A magnitude-five earthquake has struck the city of Christchurch in the south of New Zealand, just weeks after a major quake caused considerable damage in the area.

The latest tremor caused power supplies and telephone services to be cut off in some parts of the city, and several residents fled into the streets as buildings shook, officials and news reports said.

The city has been hit by several aftershocks since the magnitude-seven earthquake on September 4.

GNS Science, New Zealand’s geological agency, said the epicentre of the latest quake was six miles south west of the city, just five miles below the surface.

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