The GNS Science website put the quake at 6.0, at a depth of 9km, and said it was centred 10km south-east of Christchurch. Emergency Services say there were no reports of deaths but have confirmed that six people have been taken to Christchurch hospital with moderately serious injuries. 'The injuries were as a result of falling building material,' a spokeswoman for St John Ambulance told Chan6es. 'We had several ambulances operating in the city and some on stand by straight after the earthquake.
Two people were rescued from a church in the centre of town and another empty building, which was partially damaged in the February quake, completely collapsed in this latest shake. Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker told Radio New Zealand the latest quake was bigger than the 1pm one. 'Thank God we had evacuated the (city's already damaged) red zone. 'We are being enveloped with dust. It is very, very scary. 'There has been a report of a further collapse of the remnants of the Christchurch Cathedral.
'We need to get a picture of what is really happening and to make a call on where we need to send our essential services,' he said, cutting the interview short. Fire Service spokesman Ian Lynn said crews had been called out to about 38 incidents, including a house fire, broken water mains, and liquefaction. Rocks have been seen falling from the hills in the coastal suburb of Sumner,
while the University of Canterbury, a shopping mall and a supermarket had been evacuated. There have been reports of liquefaction bubbling up from the ground in the central Christchurch suburb of Richmond and the outer suburbs, the NZ Herald
reported. There have also been reports of power loss and downed phone lines around Christchurch.