The aftershock sequence is petering out in Canterbury - despite a number of jolts over the weekend.

A 4.8 magnitude quake hit at 5.06pm last night, it was 8km deep and felt as far away as Timaru and the West Coast.

That was the biggest aftershock since January 15 and followed a 4.1 magnitude quake at 9.35am yesterday morning.

Geonet duty seisemologist Caroline Little says with a total of 17 aftershocks, the weekend was certainly more seismically active than Canterbury's been recently, but overall the quakes are settling down in both frequency and magnitude.

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There have been seven small aftershocks since midnight as well - the largest measuring 3.5, it hit at 2.36am.