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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 at 12:51 pm (NZST).

At 12.51pm, Tuesday 22nd February 2011, Christchurch was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude. This earthquake has caused widespread damage throughout the city, and has also caused many fatalities. GNS Science has declared this earthquake an aftershock due to "its relationship to the ongoing activity since September last year". Although this quake was smaller in magnitude, its shallow focal depth (5km) meant that the ground shaking was far more intense, causing a lot more damage than September's magnitude 7.1.

Below are links to several live update websites and relevant GNS Science information, as well as Civil Defence information.

Our thoughts go out to the people of Christchurch.

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