RECAP: 5.7 earthquake hits Christchurch

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The moment Sunday's 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit caught on camera.

Aftershocks continue to shake Christchurch following a 5.7 earthquake that hit at 1.13pm on Sunday. 

The cellular phone network is under pressure and Spark is urging people to text rather than call. Scroll down for a recap on what's happened so far. 

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Richmond Hill cliff collapse and dust over Sumner just after shaking stops (as seen from Scarborough Hill).
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Richmond Hill cliff collapse and dust over Sumner just after shaking stops (as seen from Scarborough Hill).

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Hundreds evacuated in central Christchurch after Sunday's earthquake.

In Ballantynes in the city centre, people dropped to the floor during what one witness described as a "rumbling, rolling ...
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In Ballantynes in the city centre, people dropped to the floor during what one witness described as a "rumbling, rolling quake".

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Auckland

Over 50,000 litres of dumped rubbish

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Car parts, refrigerators, ovens, "anything you can think of, it's here", Hayden Smith says. 

Cause of death unknown

A woman was taken to Auckland hospital in critical condition Saturday afternoon after an incident that left one man dead.

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Wellington

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Canterbury

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ED braces for winter overload

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Waikato

From patched to pay cheque

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An ex gang member has done a 360 on his life with steady work and hope for the future.

Ghost school's big bill

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ATM bandits sought

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The four waited for the woman to get cash out before striking.

Taranaki

Price gets super call-up

Tukapa lock Leighton Price has been called into the Blues.

Leighton Price is off to the Blues for the remainder of the Super season.

Venue's doors still shut

Taranaki's Waiau Country Estate has been closed since October but the owners are looking for new tenants.

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Manawatu

Suspicious blaze

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Everybody in a Palmerston North house escaped the fire uninjured.

Internet ultimatum

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Let us watch

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Marlow calling the shots in Aussie

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Good Sports: Manawatu women on both the New Zealand and Australian rugby boards.

Nelson

The road to success

Nelson athlete Paula Canning in action.

Katrina Tikey catches up with Paula Canning to find out what keeps her going.

Nelson clubs on fire

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Mystery solved over missing vet

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Riders go crazy on trail

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More than 100 mountainbikers share the honour of being the first to tame Crazy Horse.

Marlborough

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Tramper rescued

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Freerunning freedom video

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South Canterbury

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Flora on display

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Southland

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