A strong 5.0 earthquake hit near Christchurch, New Zealand late Tuesday morning, local time.
Phone and power services were cut in the city of Christchurch. Some residents fled to city streets after buildings were felt shaking and several objects tumbled from shelves.
The city was rocked by a powerful quake just last month. Extensive damage was reported from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rumbled back on September 4.