Small quake rocks Canterbury

01:59, Jan 04 2011

An earthquake has hit this morning north-west of Christchurch.

GNS Science says the magnitude 3.1 quake was recorded at 8:44 am, and was centred within 5 km of Oxford.

It had a depth of 3 km.

Yesterday a magnitude 3 quake was recorded within 5 km of Christchurch itself.

The region has been suffering a series of earthquakes over the Christmas period, including a magnitude 4.9 tremor on Boxing Day that caused more damage to buildings and structures.