South Island of New Zealand rattled by unending spasm of earthquakes

January 1, 2012 NEW ZEALANDAn earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale on Saturday struck near New Zealand’s Christchurch city, which had witnessed serious damage after being hit by 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February. On Sunday, the South Island was hit again by two 5.0 magnitude earthquakes- 18 and 24 km from Christchurch and both earthquakes were below 24 km in depth. The earthquake’s epicenter was located at the depth of some 10 km, only 14 km from Christchurch. First tremors were registered at 1.44 pm on Saturday local time. No death or casualties, however, were reported and no tsunami alert was issued. Last week, the area was hit by three powerful aftershocks, measuring 5.3-5.8 on the Richter scale. New Zealand’s second largest city Christchurch was hit by a series of aftershocks following the 7.1-magnitude earthquake Sep 4, 2010. The most devastating aftershock measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rattled the area in February, causing extensive damage and leaving over 180 people dead. –Hindustan Times 
Psychological stress mounting: Christchurch was rocked by a swarm of earthquakes overnight, the biggest a magnitude 5.5 jolt, further fraying residents’ nerves but causing no new damage. The 5.5 aftershock came at 5.45am and was centered 20 kilometers east of Christchurch at a depth of 15 kilometers. GeoNet have said there were actually two tremors of the same magnitude 12 seconds apart and they were felt strongly in Christchurch. Power company Orion said the aftershock caused a transformer at its Dallington substation to trip, leaving 10,000 customers without power. Power was restored by 8am, while Transpower had checked equipment at its Bromley substation, Orion said. “We are now dealing with a few minor faults and should have them resolved in couple of hours,” said Stu Kilduff, Orion Operations Manager. Christchurch City Council says the aftershocks have not caused any new damage to the city. A power outage in the Brooklands, Burwood area affected a small number of pump stations but these are now operating. Residents are reporting items tossed onto the floor by the tremor which they say was accompanied by a rumble. Abbey Leila Sullings summed up the feelings of many in Christchurch when she posted on Facebook that she is over the earthquakes and needs some sleep. Steven McCoy posted: “When will they stop?!” Alyssa Smith posted that her family wants to move out of Christchurch but is too poor to move. “Hundreds in our situation but count our lucky stars we’re not in Japan!” she wrote, referring to the magnitude 7.0 quake that jolted eastern and northeastern Japan on Sunday.
Geological stability eroding: The 5.5 tremor was followed by a 4.2 quake at 5.50 am centered 20 km north east of Christchurch, and two 4.1 quakes at 5.54 am and 6.06 am in the same area. Another, measuring 3.9, was recorded in the same area at 6.49 am and another of 3.8 magnitude at 7.33 am. Later, a 4.1 magnitude quake was recorded at 9.01 am in the same area, followed by a 3.7 tremor at 10.04 am. Another 3.7 shake was felt at 10.18 am, centered 10km east of Christchurch and a 3.9 quake was recorded at 12.28 pm 20 km east of the city. Earlier in the day, a quake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale struck at 5.03am, centered 20 kilometers north east of Christchurch at a depth of eight kilometers, after a 3.5 jolt was recorded at 2.20 am in the same area. A 4.3 tremor was felt at 1.31 am, in the same area and 12 kilometers deep. That came four minutes after a 5.1 jolt centered 20 km north east of Lyttelton at a depth of 15km. Before midnight, there was a magnitude 4 tremor at 10.05pm, 10 km north east of Christchurch, seven km deep, and a 3.5 jolt at 7.38pm, 20 kilometers north east of the city and 5km deep. The continuing tremors follow the two major quakes measuring 5.8 and 6  that rocked the city on the afternoon of December 23. -TVNZ 
As the map above shows, New Zealand is under assault from ever-intensifying seismic forces that have been exacerbated by geological Earthchange which has seen both more pronounced tectonic plate agitation and volcanism in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Archipelagos and Island arcs near tectonic plate junctions may be among the planet’s first casualities from this new dynamic catastrophism. -The Extinction Protocol
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16 Responses to South Island of New Zealand rattled by unending spasm of earthquakes

  1. Jens Skapski says:

    I don’t beliebe that all this quakes are aftershocks. These all are main quakes. There is something going on in the underground of Christchurch. This will result in a non-happy end!

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  2. tiffany says:

    Isn’t there a volcano off the northern tip of new zealand? I read earlier in 2011 that someone had claimed that the seafloor was rising, I don’t hear anything in the news regarding this?

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  3. NZ Rose says:

    The truth is – from someone who has been right on top of all this from day one of the 10,000+ quakes that Christchurch has had to date… it is the OIL INDUSTRY using their EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGY that are causing these quakes. FACT. We have Anadarko’s fleet in our waters using seismic mapping processes so America can rape and pillage our minerals and resources. Aquila will be in North Canterbury Feb so watch the rattles and weather anomalies then. (she is currently in Philippines waters and look at the carnage there currently. Also the FM radio and Cell grid that is right across Christchurch is turned up during these quakes FACT.
    People can fool themselves into saying these are natural events, but that is ludicrous. Christchurch was one of the most seismically stable areas in NZ until the research ships and their associated technologies arrived (illegally). The government sold NZ out to US big oil. That is the truth. New Zealand Petroleum Permit Map http://www.nzpam.govt.nz/cms/pdf-library/petroleum-facts-figures-1/nz-petroleum-permits-map.pdf

    The US Military complex are rolling out major events around the ring of fire – That also is the truth. Interview Rosalind Paterson on the military activity around the ring of fire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkRp14YfD4A

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  4. Shano says:

    Thank you for reporting on the earthquakes happening in New Zealand. We have been under a constant barrage of quakes since 2010 and with two above 5.0 this morning it looks to not be ending but increasing in numbers. My only problem is that the site you got the news article from is factually incorrect. If you would like the correct news please use news site from New Zealand as every other site seems to have there information wrong.

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  5. Tcrale says:

    Well if New Zealand is the first to be struck as a sign of the apocalypse it looks like Harold Camping was right about something. He predicted New Zealand would be the first to be hit; the only difference was he predicted the date to be May 21, 2011 and not whenever the hell it’s going to be.

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  6. nancy says:

    Happy 2012. Alvin I have been visiting this site for nearly a year now and I find the info and conversations
    In

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  7. nancy says:

    Again. this site resonates with my being so I sometimes comment. Yet my posts still bear the tag ” comments awaiting moderation”. Can you explain why this happens? Thanks again for all that you do to inform us of events that impact our world.

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    • It’s called being very busy Nancy, nothing more. When you’re getting a hundred plus comments every few hours; there are not enough hours in the day to get to them all.

      Thanks for being here,
      Alvin

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      • nancy says:

        Thanks Alvin, I can only imagine how hectic your days must be. But that’s a good thing because it means that awareness is growing and more folks are awakening to the many changes going on around them. EP sheds light and gives some answers to us! Blessings

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  8. nigel walker says:

    All these quakes and nobody has mentioned Lake Taupo. It isnt that far away.

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  9. Yamkin says:

    Direct From New Zealand:

    http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/recent_quakes.html

    Magnitude 5.1 Depth 15 km, January 2 2012 at 1:27 am (NZDT)
    Magnitude 4.3, Monday, January 2 2012 at 1:31 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.5, Monday, January 2 2012 at 2:20 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.8, Depth 8 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 5:03 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 5.5, Depth 15 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 5:45 am (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 4.1, Depth 15 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 5:54 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Lyttelton
    Magnitude 4.1, Depth 10 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 6:06 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.9, Depth 9 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 6:49 am (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.8, Depth 10 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 7:33 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 4.1, Depth 12 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 9:01 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.7, Depth 10 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 10:04 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.7, Depth 5 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 10:18 am (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.9, Depth 15 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 12:28 pm (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.3, Depth 11 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 1:49 pm (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.5, Depth 9 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 2:31 pm (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.6, Depth 15 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 2:53 pm (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.8, Depth 15 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 10:35 pm (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 4.8, Depth 15 km, Monday, January 2 2012 at 6:59 pm (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch

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  10. Yamkin says:

    MARCH 2012 MEGAQUAKE!

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