Christchurch has been shaken by a 5.7 magnitude magnitude quake at 1.13pm this afternoon.

The severe quake was centred 15km east of the city and was felt as far north as Wellington.

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Severe earthquake hits Christchurch

5.7 earthquake hits Christchurch: 'Everyone got a big fright'
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Christchurch has been shaken by a 5.7 magnitude magnitude quake at 1.13pm this afternoon. There have been no reports of serious damage or injuries but a cliff has fallen in Sumner.