Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Christchurch hit by a 6.3 earthquake

Feb 22 (Reuters) - New Zealand's quake-ravaged Christchurch city was struck by a strong earthquake causing further damage after a strong quake hit the city last year, local media reported on Tuesday.

The quake was measured at magnitude 6.3 by local scientists with a focal depth of 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres southwest of the country's second biggest city. More..

In case you are wondering, Kuala Lumpur (or rather Malaysia) not sitting atop any tectonic plate fault line is not prone to earthquakes. In this part of the world, Indonesia, which has the Pacific Rim fault line bordering the archipelago is often affected by earthquakes.

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Huge quake hits Christchurch - A large 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck Christchurch, with reports of buildings down and serious injureis, five months after the city was badly damaged by a 7.1 magnitude quake.

Witnesses said there were buildings down all around Cathedral Square in the city, with the church destroyed.

Multiple deaths reported to police - Multiple fatalities have been reported to police following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch this afternoon.

Emergency services are attending.

The central city is currently being evacuated with widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure.

Multiple buildings have collapsed, there are fires in buildings in the central city and people are trapped.

Update: Feb 23..Rescuers Press Search for Survivors in N. Zealand Quake

Image source: nzherald.co.nz


  1. New Zealanders must be shocked. :( Well...I am shocked too to learn about this.

  2. Anonymous10:59 PM

    The quake left a serious impact on NZ. Hope people recover and the situation improves.

  3. Such devastation. :(
    Hope the people there can recover and pick themselves up again.

  4. One of the most non violent societies on the planet, very few guns, lots of good will towards each other, crime rate very very low...for this to happen to them is totally heartbreak­ing. Good thoughts, love and healing energy to Kiwis. Wishing you peace, comfort and strength to see you through this difficult time.

  5. NZ has had several quakes in the past 12 months. What a year! Disaster after disaster here and there.

  6. I think there will be more earthquakes this year. That's what the feng shui experts said after analysing this year's Bazi Chart. Better not travel to earthquake prone countries! : )