Christchurch Police say initial reports following this afternoon's earthquake indicate no serious injuries or widespread damage at this stage.
Police are urging drivers to slow down. There is significant traffic on city streets - but not gridlocked at this stage - and Police appeal for drivers to be patient and take care.
All available Police units have been mobilised across the city to provide reassurance and check on safety and damage.
• Scarborough rockface has suffered some collapse but this has been contained by the containers at the foot of the cliff.
• Lyttelton tunnel is open
• Airport has been evacuated
• All major shopping malls have been evacuated and closed
• 1 person is reported to have been injured at Eastgate Mall and has been taken to hospital.