Magnitude 6.3 tremor kills 65 in NZ city

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch, killing 65 and trapping a further 200. The tremor hit at 23.41 UK time on Monday.

This is the second quake to hit the city, situated on New Zealand's South Island, in recent months. Christchurch was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude tremor on 4 September last year.

However, while less intense, the most recent event is believed to have caused more damage. The September 4 quake seriously injured two people but killed no-one.

The September 4 Christchurch earthquake resulted in a US$6.5bn overall loss and a $5bn insured loss, according to German reinsurance group Munich Re.