'Noisy' 4.4 earthquake rattles Christchurch

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Christchurch has been given a shake this afternoon, with a magnitude 4.4 earthquake striking off the coast.

The quake struck at 1.27pm, and was centred 10km northeast of Christchurch, just off the coast of New Brighton, at a depth of 11km.

GNS Science said the quake was felt in the Christchurch area, with reports it was felt strongly in Aranui, Burwood and Marshland.

Canterbury University student Thomas Mead (@ThomasMedia) described it on Twitter as the "biggest aftershock in a long time".

Sarah Ruane (@thebookwitch) said: "That one was noisy - rumbling in and around and away again.

"Now THAT was a big truck going past! Monitors wobbling and people jumping under their desks here at work. Haven't felt one in ages," Kineta Knight wrote (@kinetaknight).

- Herald Online staff

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