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New earthquakes hammer Christchurch

"It is very, very scary,"

says Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker

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13 Jun 11 - A series of earthquakes shook the quake-weary New Zealand city of Christchurch today, collapsing at least one building.

People fled buildings in panic when a 5.2-magnitude quake struck during lunchtime. Just over an hour later, that quake was followed by a more powerful magnitude 6.0 quake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

At least 40 people were injured, Radio New Zealand reported, with at least ten people taken to Christchurch Hospital.

Other residents from the devastated city cried in the streets and hugged their children.

Power was cut to about 56,000 homes and business, and dust billowed from the cordoned-off inner city devastated in February's major earthquake.

"We are being enveloped with dust. It is very, very scary," Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker told New Zealand's National Radio.

Christchurch has been shaken by more than 7,000 so-called "aftershocks" since a damaging magnitude 7.1 earthquake last September.

A 6.3-magnitude quake in Christchurch on February 22 of this year killed 181 people and left 100,000 homes damaged - 10,000 beyond repair.

Amazing animated map of Christchurch area
Shows every quake since Sept 4, one by one by one.
(Wait a few seconds after it loads and you'll see
what I mean.)
Thanks to Cam McNaughton and C.H. Stewart for this link


See also:

See also:
Thanks to Cam McNaughton, Caroline Snyder
and Yonaton Hyland for these links







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