50,000 without power as aftershocks hit New Zealand
An estimated 50,000 people are without power today (July 13) following another series of earth quakes hitting New Zealand.
Following the earthquake of on February 22 aftershocks continue to be felt in the country's beleaguered capital Christchurch.
Aftershocks this afternoon, measuring 5.5 and 6 on the Richter Scale, have fortunately only injured a handful of people, but again devastated the city's power infrastructure.
A Government spokesman said this morning: "Christchurch Airport was temporarily closed while safety inspections took place, but the airport has now re-opened and is operating normally.
"Tourism New Zealand will continue to provide information for visiting tourists and tourism operators in the Christchurch and Canterbury area."