Strong Earthquake Hits New Zealand

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A strong earthquake has collapsed
two buildings in the already quake-damaged New Zealand city of
Christchurch. Officials say two people trapped have been rescued.

A February temblor killed 181 people in Christchurch and brought
down St. John's Church. Police say the two people trapped Monday
were inside that church.

Another nearby building also collapsed, but no one was inside

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded Monday's aftershock at
magnitude 5.2. Several smaller temblors followed.

Police said the largest one hit at lunchtime, forcing people to
flee in panic from buildings.

Police and emergency services said while there had been some
damage there were no initial reports of injuries.

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