New Zealand’s Christchurch Rattled by 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch Sunday, followed by aftershocks in a region still recovering from a deadly February 2011 temblor.

The quake was centered 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) east of the city, according to the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management. A 3.5 magnitude tremor shook the city about five minutes after the initial quake, followed by several 2.6- to 3.6-magnitude aftershocks. The ministry said there was no tsunami threat.

People were evacuated from buildings and shopping malls in the center of the city and in surrounding suburbs, the New Zealand Herald reported, citing residents. The newspaper said power had been lost to more than 500 homes, citing local reports.

Christchurch is still rebuilding its city center after a February 2011 earthquake killed 185 people and destroyed its central business district.

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