Earthquake rattles southern New Zealand city of Christchurch


An 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southwest of Christchurch, New Zealand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, part of the continuing aftershocks from a bigger earthquake that hit the area in September.

The shocks registered 5.0 on the Richter Scale used in New Zealand, which is different from the one used by the USGS.

Phones appear to be down in the area and there are reports of power outages and building evacuations in Christchurch, the New Zealand Herald said.