Latest quake classed as new event

1:16 pm on 10 October 2011

The Earthquake Commission says a magnitude 5.5 aftershock on Sunday night in Christchurch will be treated as a new event for insurance purposes.

The earthquake was centred 10km east of Lyttelton Harbour at a depth of 12km.

Police have had no reports of adverse effects.

However, the commission says anyone who has new or worsened damage will need to lodge a new claim by early January 2012.

It says more than a dozen aftershocks have been classified as new events since the first quake on 4 September last year.