A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked southern New Zealand today causing significant amounts of damage. Read more details of the quake and watch footage after the jump!!

Shout out to our followers in New Zealand– hope all is well with you and your families!


(WP)–Radio New Zealand reported that earthquake hit the city of Christchurch…A church near the city center collapsed. The station also said staffers in its Christchurch newsroom had to cling to their desks during the shaking, with large filing cabinets toppling over.

“What I can see from where I am in the central city is that there are significant amounts of additional damage,” Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor was centered 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the city at a depth of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers).

Christchurch has been hit by hundreds of aftershocks since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Sept. 4 last year, causing extensive damage and a handful of injuries, but no deaths.