An earthquake aftershock has hit the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, on one of the busiest shopping days of the year – Boxing Day, 26th December 2010.
No fatalities have been reported, but damage to glass and masonry on many businesses has caused disruption to shoppers – the 4.9 magnitude quake hit during the day, forcing evacuations, and cutting power to many businesses. The aftershock hit at around 10:30am local time.
Power supplies were cut for around an hour to approximately 40,000 households in the Christchurch area.
Broken windows and dislodged bricks could easily have caused serious injuries, and brought back memories of the original 7.0 magnitude quake that hit the city just four months ago, on the morning of September 4th 2010. Thankfully, there have been no reports of serious injury, only minor disruption, from this Boxing Day aftershock.