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Old 06-13-2011, 08:19 AM
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NZ Quake: Christchurch Hit by Series of Magnitude-5.0 Tremors

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A series of powerful tremors have hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch, almost four months after an earthquake that killed 181 people.

A magnitude-5.2 quake struck at Taylors Mistake beach, 9.6km (six miles) from the city centre.

A second magnitude-6.0 quake struck an hour and 20 minutes later, destroying at least one building and causing injuries to several people.

Boulders have been reported to be tumbling down hillsides.

The tremors forced the evacuation of shopping centres, office blocks and Christchurch airport.

A week ago, Christchurch was also hit by two shocks which increased nervousness in the city.

A total of 181 people died in the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February, which also destroyed hundreds of buildings.

Enveloped by dust
Mayor Bob Parker told Radio New Zealand there were new fears for Christchurch Cathedral.

"Thank God we had evacuated the red zone," he said, in a reference to the centre of the city which remains closed off.

"We are being enveloped with dust. It is very, very scary.

"There has been a report of a further collapse of the remnants of the Christchurch Cathedral.

"We need to get a picture of what is really happening and to make a call on where we need to send our essential services."

A building was reported to have collapsed in Christchurch, with some people believed to be trapped inside.

An inquiry into the collapse of one of the buildings destroyed by the devastating 22 February earthquake opened on Monday and was briefly evacuated following the latest shakes.

About 10,000 houses and nearly 1,000 commercial buildings will have to be demolished as a result of the February quake.

Recovery and reconstruction costs are expected to total at least NZ$15bn ($11bn; £7bn).
Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13745359

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NiteFlyer sent me a sms lastnight. Hes without water or power but he is ok. Enough is enough,Mother Nature!!!!
He has lost most of his things;he moved just a few days ago.

That man cannot catch a break.I feel for him. :(

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NiteFlyer sent me a sms lastnight. Hes without water or power but he is ok. Enough is enough,Mother Nature!!!!
He has lost most of his things;he moved just a few days ago.

That man cannot catch a break.I feel for him. :(
That's awful

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Re: NZ Quake: Christchurch Hit by Series of Magnitude-5.0 Tremors

I was talking to my uncle whos a geologist and he said that New zealand is actually on two tectonic plates, which to me makes it far more susceptible to these quakes than other places. Like Alaska is along a subduction zone...california has a strike slip fault..(san andreas) with other faults coming off it...

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all those poor sheep.....

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