Cascading series of seismic earthquakes rip through Christchurch, New Zealand

December 23, 2011NEW ZEALANDA series of earthquakes have terrified many already-frazzled Christchurch residents this afternoon, starting with a 5.8 magnitude tremor at 1.58 pm. It was followed by a 6.0 magnitude aftershock at 3.18pm, centered 10km east of Christchurch in South New Brighton. There was also a 5.3 magnitude quake at 2.06pm and a 5.0 at 4.50 pm. Initial reports said one person had received minor injuries, although St John had responded to 19 earthquake-related emergency calls in and around Christchurch. They ranged from complaints of chest pain and seizures, to a panic attack. Five people had collapsed, and one suffered a knock to the head. St John said all injuries were minor. Police say there is no tsunami threat, and they have no reports of serious or widespread damage or injury. Civil Defense staff have met on the ground in Christchurch to get a good picture of the extent of impact, but national civil defense controller David Coetzee said it was too early to comment on the way forward.  Major holes in the road were reported to have opened up on Broadhaven Avenue, and liquefaction was reported in Avonside. Drivers were urged to slow down and be patient as congestion built up in some areas. Police said Christchurch residents should stay off roads if at all possible, and text rather than phone. Christchurch Hospital, the Princess Margaret Hospital and Hillmorton are all fully operational. Burwood is operating on emergency power. There are no reports of damage and no injuries to staff or patients who were at the board’s facilities at the time of the quake. The DHB said people can access 24-hour non-emergency care through their general practice, and are asked to help keep the Emergency Department clear for genuine emergencies. The 111 service is operating normally for emergencies. The Christchurch mayor said his heart breaks for Cantabrians shocked by a series of earthquakes this afternoon. The first, a magnitude 5.8 tremor, struck at 1.50pm. Its focal point was at a depth of eight kilometers, 20km off the coast of Lyttelton. Christchurch Airport remains evacuated, with literally hundreds of people standing outside with their luggage. Prime Minister John Key said Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee, will be heading to Christchurch this afternoon to access the situation. “My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch and Canterbury at this time,” Mr. Key said. “However, residents can be confident that the authorities are onto the situation and government resources stand ready to assist wherever they are needed. “The Government’s resolve to work with the people of Christchurch and Canterbury to rebuild remains unchanged following today’s two aftershocks.” –NZ Herald
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14 Responses to Cascading series of seismic earthquakes rip through Christchurch, New Zealand

  1. Good Luck says:

    It’s probably time to leave christchurch now.
    Good indication that they are about to experience a major/catostrophic seismic event, and not likely just once, but mulitple times in a short time window.

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    • Donna says:

      That’s easy to say Good Luck…but go where?
      New Zealand isn’t the kind of country that can easily absorb Christchurch’s population. Living in Rangiora on the outskirt, we have had a lot of the quake affected families move out here and there are no places to rent, barely any houses to sell (and if there are, the owners have tacked on and extra $50,000 because they can get it)…and this is only a small amount of the population.

      Not to mention before you move you need a job first, and a house to move into, and the money to hire trucks to transport furniture etc. and if renting the money to get into the house (rent, bond etc.). And all of these things you are taking from the area which then will create shortages and push up their prices. And a lot of us just don’t have that kind of money sitting around in the bank…especially after the first quakes.

      I know you mean well….but moving is just not an option for many of us here.
      A lot of people are worse off than us though, so we try to always keep that in mind.

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  2. George says:

    Yet more seismic unrest —–
    US Geological Survey
    Friday, December 23, 2011 at 12:02:06 UTC
    Friday, December 23, 2011 at 05:02:06 PM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location: 28.933°N, 68.332°E
    Depth: 34 km (21.1 miles)
    Region: PAKISTAN
    Distances:
    72 km (44 miles) N of Jacobabad, Pakistan
    146 km (90 miles) NNW of Sukkur, Pakistan
    170 km (105 miles) E of Kalat, Pakistan
    698 km (433 miles) SW of ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
    Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 18.6 km (11.6 miles); depth +/- 8.3 km (5.2 miles)
    Parameters: NST= 83, Nph= 86, Dmin=625.6 km, Rmss=0.77 sec, Gp=108°, M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=5
    Source: Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID: usc0007bnx

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  3. JerseyCynic says:

    http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/

    check out the recent activity from NZ right up through to Alaska.

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  4. jones2012 says:

    The good people of Christchurch may not be aware of their association with the Church of England and papal authority.

    “As of 2005, the Church of England had estimated total outgoings of around £900 million” – wikipedia

    The name “Christchurch” seems to be an oxymoron. Could the destruction be a message to Rome?

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  5. ALVIN tiz strange that the commentator on the TV clip above quoted the vast damage amount in Euro’s… should have been NZ$ or at a pinch US $ BUT WHY Euros????? if this to be the one world currency?

    My eart goes out to all living on these shaky Islands….. may The Lord bring them peace this Christmas.

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  6. RainMan says:

    Good Luck, and Merry Christmass, hang in there NZ, all we have is a Cyclone, huge tides and surf on the east coast so far, take care of yourselves.

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  7. Yesterday morning, just a couple of hours beforehand, God quickened my spirit to it. I thought it was a day or two away – not an hour or two away!

    I keep getting the feeling we’re in for 1 more big one – bigger than yesterday.

    Seismologists are baffled by the events in Canterbury – they [earthquakes] are not following what is considered the “normal” pattern. This makes it very tough for them to give us an accurate idea of what to expect.
    Canterbury is littered with faults…since September 2010 – at least half a dozen have been set off…it’s just a question of when will they finish!

    I feel for those that are terrified and sustaining damage – my wife and I have been blessed in that regard. Neither of us mind them and we haven’t had any damage, I thank God for that 🙂

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  8. Glenn Rice says:

    Dear Lord, bestow Your mercy on those people, and the rest of the world. Also please use these things to open blind eyes, and bring the lost to You. Shine Your light into this darkness, and use us to be Your instruments of peace.

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  9. yamkin says:

    20 RECORDED EARTHQUAKES DIRECT FROM NEW ZEALAND FOR 25th DECEMBER 2011
    Magnitude 3.0, Depth 8 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 4:44 am (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.3, Depth 9 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 4:56 am (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.5, Depth 11 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 5:14 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.5, Depth 8 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 5:22 am (NZDT), 10 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.5, Depth 9 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 5:26 am (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.3, Depth 6 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 6:13 am (NZDT), 20 km south-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.7, Depth 8 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 6:41 am (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.0, Depth 7 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 7:15 am (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.1, Depth 7 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 7:55 am (NZDT), 20 km south-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 2.9, Depth 7 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 9:26 am (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.5, Depth 10 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 12:47 pm (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.5, Depth 8 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 12:53 pm (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.3, Depth 7 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 1:50 pm (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.4, Depth 7 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 2:11 pm (NZDT), 20 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 2.9, Depth 7 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 4:05 pm (NZDT), 10 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 4.1, Depth 8 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 5:00 pm (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.4, Depth 11 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 6:49 pm (NZDT), 10 km north-east of Christchurch
    Magnitude 3.1, Depth 8 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 7:32 pm (NZDT), 10 km north-east of Lyttelton
    Magnitude 3.3, Depth 8 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 8:49 pm (NZDT), 10 km east of Christchurch Magnitude 3.0, Depth 8 km, Sunday, December 25 2011 at 11:55 pm (NZDT), 20 km north-east of Christchurch

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  10. Donna says:

    Geonet is a great site to grab quake updates for NZ quakes. ^_^

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