Christchurch hit by further aftershocks

Residents of Christchurch, New Zealand, are anxiously awaiting further developments after the city was hit by series of aftershocks.

Rebuilding has only just begun in the area following a 6.3-magnitude quake in February this year.

While 181 residents perished in the earlier quake, there are no reported fatalities following the latest aftershocks.

However, some 54,000 homes suffered power cuts, with the quakes spreading fear among a frightened and weary population.

The first quake to strike Christchurch last night was measured at a magnitude of 5.2 and caused buildings to be evacuated, while the US Geological Survey measured a second quake at 6.0 just over an hour later.

Buildings were evacuated during the events, along with the local airport.

However, flight schedules have now returned to normal.

Foreign Office

Following the latest aftershocks, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office continued to advise it was safe to travel in the region.

“Travellers are advised all services outside of central Christchurch and Lyttelton, including tourism businesses, are operating as normal,” explained a statement.

“Areas of Canterbury that are operating normally include Akaroa, Kaikoura, Aoraki Mount Cook and Hanmer Springs.

“However, some parts of the central city of Christchurch are currently not accessible to the public.

“If your travel plans include Christchurch city, you are encouraged to contact your travel agent, accommodation, attraction or tour provider directly to confirm upcoming booking.”