5.7 jolt hits recovering City in new blow. No reports of injury or death yet

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred 15 km E of Christchurch, New Zealand at Sun Feb 14 2016 1:13 PM (NZDT).

A few buildings (such as Riccarton Mall and other public shopping centres) have or are being evacuated.

The first reports show considerable impact in the Sumner and Brighton suburbs.

There are reports of liquifaction.

The quake was felt as far as Asburton and Hanmer Springs.

Some cell-phone towers are reported to be out in the east of the city. There are also reports of overhead cables down.

Power is reported to be out in Akaroa, and parts of the eastern City suburbs.

The Fire Service said there have been no emergency line calls for structural damage.

Some fire alarms have been activated.

St John ambulance said there was a sharp increase in calls during the quake but they were mostly related to minor injuries from falls as people were running.

This event comes just eight days short of the 22 February 2011 Christchurch magnitude 6.3 quake which claimed the many lives.

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