Amateur video shows a cliff collapsing after earthquake strikes near Christchurch

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:53 GMT, Feb 15, 2016 |

Amateur video captured the moment a cliff collapsed into the sea below on Sunday (Feb 14) after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch, New Zealand.

The epicentre of Sunday’s quake on New Zealand’s south island was 15 kms (9 miles) east of Christchurch and at a shallow depth of 15 km (9 miles), said the country’s seismological body Geonet.

Geonet said there were more than 40 aftershocks.

The quake came eight days before the anniversary of the deadly 2011 quake that caused upwards of NZ$40 billion ($26.52 billion) of damage. Much of the city had to be rebuilt after that.

Police said there were no reports of major damage or serious injuries, but people were evacuated from several buildings and there were reports of some liquefaction.

The Christchurch City Council said cliffs collapsed in several places along the surrounding coast, spreading large clouds of billowing dust across the sea and hills.