A powerful aftershock has hit the quake-struck areas of central Italy, rattling buildings as far away as Rome. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Shocked Chiefs rugby player Colin Bourke spent several frustrating hours speaking his broken Italian today, phoning friends in L'Aquila to see if they survived its devastating earthquake.
An earthquake of 4.6 magnitude shook the northern South Island this afternoon.
When an earthquake happens it will not be at a convenient time.
Southland was shaken by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake tonight.
The quake at 6.44pm was located 120km west of Tuatapere at a depth of 25km.