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Aftershocks shake Christchurch, N.Z.

Earthquake aftershocks continued to shake Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, with scientists saying there could be more ahead.
Hope Greenway wears a hard-hat as she works at Bells Pharmacy, where fallen products still litter the floor in the Christchurch suburb of Lyttelton Wednesday. (Greg Bowker/New Zealand Herald/Associated press)

Earthquake aftershocks continued to shake Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, with scientists saying there could be more ahead.

Many residents awoke at 6:30 a.m. to two aftershocks, the larger measuring magnitude-5.0. In the afternoon, a second, smaller cluster hit.

The temblors followed Monday's 6.0 quake, which caused some more buildings in the city to collapse. The city is still recovering from a devastating, magnitude-6.3 quake on Feb. 22 that killed 181 people and shut down much of the inner city. Since then, residents have suffered through thousands of aftershocks.

Scientists say this week's series of quakes have increased to about 30 per cent the likelihood that Christchurch will suffer another devastating quake within the next year.

One Christchurch resident, Ken Maynard, said the tremors scared quite a few people.

"Everyone's getting a bit sick of it now, a bit terrified," Reuters quoted him as saying. "One or two people have just lost it all together and gone away."

Liquefaction left craters on the streets around the city, some of them metres deep, Reuters said. Water was pushed up from under the ground by the force of the quake, causing the ground to turn liquid.

A church that had suffered serious damage in the February quake was flattened.