The first earthquake warped and cracked a highway on the South Island (Image credit: REUTERS)

New Zealand hit by second strong quake

An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude has hit New Zealand's South Island, hours after an initial quake killed two people.

The new tremor struck at 13:45pm local time (00:45 GMT) at a depth of 10km (6 miles), northeast of Christchurch.

A 7.5-magnitude quake, with the same depth, had hit the same area just after midnight, triggering tsunami warnings.

A large river dammed up by a landslide has now breached its banks sending a "large wall of water" downstream.

Residents around the Clarence River - one of the largest on South Island - are being urged to move immediately to higher ground.

There have been hundreds of strong aftershocks, causing power shortages and cuts in water supply, since the initial quake.
GeoNet, a government-funded project monitoring earthquakes, said the first earthquake was actually two related...Read more...

Source: bbc.com