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VIDEO: CCTV footage of strong Christchurch Aftershock

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#eqnz - Halswell Superliquor in Christchurch has uploaded footage from two of their CCTV cameras capturing Tuesday morning's strong 5.0 quake.  Scientists say the quake felt more like a 7.0 quake on the surface.

However unlike the minute long 7.1 quake on September 4, this quake only lasted around 15 seconds.

Exclusive Photos (5) - Fresh damage photos from strong aftershock

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Photos of fresh quake damage have come in following this morning's strong 5.0 quake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand.

Scientists say the quake would've felt similar to the 7.1 quake last month, however this quake went for about a quarter of the time.

Photos have come in of new liquefaction in Christchurch.

Photos provided by Alex Mitchell

New Christchurch earthquake "Felt as big as the 7.1 quake" (Photo)

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PHOTOS (59) of Canterbury quake

Reports are flooding in of items falling over, minor damage and buildings evacuated in Christchurch, New Zealand, following a strong, shallow, quake late this morning NZT.

10,000 customers in the CBD lost power for around 15 minutes following the quake while phone lines also were cut.

The Riccarton Mall was evacuated after parts of the ceiling broke free (see photo below).  

Cool Video: Kite surfers in high winds on Lake Wakatipu

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The strong northerly predicted for Otago arrived bang on time at Glenorchy over the weekend.

High winds at the head of Lake Wakatipu whipped up sand from the Dart and Rees Valleys creating a mini dust storm.

Kite surfers in the area made the most of the conditions - all caught on this incredible short video, send int by wowstockfootage.

Squally southerly to move up mainland

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Thunderstorms and hail are more than a possibility over parts of the eastern South Island later today.
A front is expected to be brief but bring a very gusty southerly change, with a sharp drop in temperature and snow expected to lower again over Banks Peninsula.

Magnitude 5 quake rocks Christchurch

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A magnitude 5 earthquake has hit Christchurch late this afternoon.

Reports say it went for around 10 seconds, and felt bigger than the 4.1 aftershock that rocked the region at around 1.30 this afternoon.

According to GeoNet, the 4.42pm quake was at a depth of 15km and centred 20km west of Christchurch.

Video: Double rainbow over Central Otago

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Video sent in to us by of a double rainbow over the Dunstan Range near Cromwell, Central Otago.

If you have a YouTube weather clip - or have seen one you like - send it to us here

Southland farmers to be hit again by snow and freezing winds

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Blizzards, gales, severe wind chills and snow are all in the forecast for Southland today as a brief but cold snap moves through.

Last month half a million newborn lambs will killed as a snow storm followed by several days of gales and sub-zero temperatures hammered the region.  While this wintry outbreak won't be as long lasting it could still cause more problems for farmers.

Aftershocks adding to main quake damage

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It may be a month since the big earthquake but for some Cantabrians the damage is still appearing.

Exactly four weeks after a 7.1 magnitude quake caused widespread damage - and just as residents were starting to breathe a little easier - Canterbury was hit on Monday night by two frightening aftershocks within eight minutes.

One was recorded at magnitude 5.

Snowy blast on the way again

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It looks as though the warm weather will come to an end this weekend in the South Island as a southerly change moves through.

Forecasters are predicting snow to low levels in Southland and a risk of snow on higher altitude parts of Canterbury and Otago.