Christchurch: New Zealand’s quake-hit city of Christchurch on Monday was rocked by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake, prompting the evacuation of a building holding an inquest into February's deadly tremor.

The USGS measured the quake, which hit just 10 kilometres from Christchurch, at 5.2-magnitude and a depth of 11 kilometres.
Police said they got some reports of damage in the city, including flooding, but they were not aware of any injuries.

A local newspaper reported a building had collapsed, with some people believed to be trapped inside.

Much of central Christchurch remains closed off since February's 6.3-magnitude quake which levelled buildings, killing 181 people in the country's deadliest earthquake for 80 years.

An inquest into the collapse of one of these buildings, which began on Monday, was briefly evacuated following the latest tremor, said a correspondent.