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  5/25/2012, Sivan 4, 5772

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Christchurch

An earthquake registering 5.2 on the Richter scale struck 10 kilometers east of Christchurch, on Friday afternoon.

No injuries or damage were reported but more than a thousand people working in the "red zone" of the southern New Zealand city, heavily damaged in the fatal 2011 earthquake, were sent home as a precaution, according to NZ Newswire. The New Zealand Herald reported that debris was shaken from buildings that remained damaged from the previous quake.