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Shocks 'created new fault line'

A powerful earthquake that smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted railway lines around Christchurch in New Zealand also ripped a new fault line in the Earth's surface.

Mark Quigley, a professor at Canterbury University, said what "could be a new fault" had ripped across the ground and pushed up some surface areas. The tremor, with a magnitude of 7.0, struck South Island in the early hours of Saturday.

Mr Quigley, who is trying to pinpoint the source of the quake, said: "One side of the earth has lurched to the right, up to 11ft."