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Shoppers dodge rain of glass as quake hits NZ

Joe Cumbers in Christchruch

Published 27/12/2010 | 05:00

MASONRY and glass yesterday rained down near post-Christmas shoppers as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake rocked Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.

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No one was injured but at least 20 buildings in the city's centre were damaged by the temblor, which scientists said was the latest of hundreds of aftershocks since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on September 4, 2010. That quake caused extensive damage and a handful of injuries, but no deaths.

Yesterday's temblor also came a few hours after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck under the sea near Vanuatu. There were no reports of damage or injuries from that quake, though it generated a small tsunami wave.

Irish Independent

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