There were harrowing near misses but Christchurch has emerged from a magnitude 5.7 quake with no deaths and little damage and must wait to see what happens next.

Two kids from Taylors Mistake, on the city’s southeastern extremity, were clipped by rocks that fell on a cliff face. Three people were also in a cave at the sight and a couple enjoying a Valentine’s Day picnic ran for their lives, media reported. The quake struck shortly after 1pm…