Huge earthquake rocks Christchurch New Zealand – Before and After Pics :
BREAKING NEWS: One of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history has struck Christchurch and the South Island this morning.
The massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit before dawn, causing widespread damage and cutting power.
The quake was centred 30km west of Christchurch and 33m underground. It hit at 4.35am and there have been many reports of damage.
It was felt widely across the South Island, including Christchurch and Timaru, and there have also been reports of the quake being felt as far as Wellington. Several aftershocks have been felt.
The rail network in the South Island has been shut down while it is inspected for damage.
Civil Defence is considering activating its emergency management national crisis centre.