7.4 magnitude quake hits Christchurch

A reported 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch at around 4.35am this morning.

Seismic details of the quake are being reported on Geonet.

CNN reports that the U.S Geological Survey has downgraded the magnitude assessment to 7.0.

The SMC will be posting comments from natural hazards experts here as soon as possible.

Source: US Geological Survey
Source: US Geological Survey