WELLINGTON Feb 22 New Zealand's quake-ravaged
Christchurch city was struck by a strong earthquake causing
further damage after a strong quake hit the city last year,
local media reported on Tuesday.
The quake was measured at magnitude 6.3 by local scientists
with a focal depth of 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres southwest of
the country's second biggest city.
Local media reported filing cabinets and computers being
thrown from desks, damage to buildings, and a city bridge made
The city was struck by a force 7.1 quake last September
which caused widespread serious damage but only minor injuries.
The region has been struck by thousands of aftershocks since
the original quake.
There were reports of further debris falling from already
damaged buildings and people were evacuated from some offices in
the central business district as checks were made.
New Zealand, which sits between the Pacific and
Indo-Australian tectonic plates, records on average more than
14,000 earthquakes a year, of which about 20 would normally top
(Reporting by Gyles Beckford; Editing by Balazs Koranyi)