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Second strong quake rattles northern Canterbury

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 1/03/2017

Geonet said the 5.2 shallow earthquake just after 8am was 'severe' © GeoNet Geonet said the 5.2 shallow earthquake just after 8am was 'severe' Two strong earthquakes have rattled northern Canterbury this morning.

Just after 8am, a 5.2 quake hit 20 km south-west of Cheviot at a depth of 12km.

GeoNet said the quake was 'severe'.

Hundreds of people from Christchurch through to the lower North Island, reported feeling the quake.

Earlier a 4.7 magnitude quake struck at 5.17am.

That tremor, felt from Christchurch northward to Parnassus, was centred 20km south-west of Cheviot at a depth of 9km.

Multiply quakes around magnitude 3.0 have been recorded in the area since early this morning and are continuing to occur.

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