Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Aftershock further damages Christchurch

Strong quake strikes Fiji region
Suva (AFP) Sept 8, 2010 - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck the Fiji region early on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of any major damage. The quake hit at 4:13 am (1613 GMT Tuesday) and was centred 727 kilometres (452 miles) northwest of the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa, at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres. The Fijivillage News website said it received calls from residents in northern areas who felt tremors for about a minute, however there were no reports of any significant damage. The region lies in the "Pacific ring of fire", a highly active earthquake and volcanic zone that regularly experiences quakes.
by Staff Writers
Christchurch, New Zealand (AFP) Sept 8, 2010
Christchurch was hit Wednesday by the most damaging aftershock since a devastating 7.0 quake, forcing evacuations and cracking a major road tunnel in the New Zealand city.

The 5.0-magnitude aftershock struck at 7:49 am (1949 GMT Tuesday) sending frightened residents rushing into the streets, cutting already fragile power supplies and bringing down loose material from already damaged buildings.

The aftershock, the latest in a series, was a shallow six kilometres deep and much closer to the city centre than Saturday's quake, which caused billions of dollars of damage, seismologists said.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said the intensity of the latest quake reduced many emergency workers to tears.

"It was a devastatingly, vicious sharp blow to the city," he told NewstalkZB radio.

"This was a terrifying moment. We have just had to evacuate our civil defence headquarters."

A 1.9-kilometre (1.2-mile) tunnel linking Christchurch to the nearby port of Lyttleton was closed after cracking appeared, the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) said.

"There is some cracking that's apparent on the surface and there's apparently some damage to the canopy as well," NZTA spokesman Andy Knackstedt told national radio.

"We don't know what the extent of that is. They're in there right now making an assessment."

Parker said the force of the latest convulsion meant there would "inevitably" be more damage to already weakened buildings, adding that the ongoing aftershocks were taking their toll on the city's residents.

"We have got staff in tears, we have got fire engines going through the middle of the city, power is out and a lot of people are very, very churned up by that."

More than 100 aftershocks have rocked the area since Saturday.

"I'm bloody terrified all over again," resident Colleen Simpson told the Stuff website after Wednesday's tremor.

Christchurch City Council spokeswoman Diane Keenan said: "The jolt was absolutely huge. A really big, stiff jolt. And it was vertical, rather than side to side like the first one. If you were in a car the road moved up and down."

The latest quake came as staff were making their way to work at the few shops and companies in the inner city which have been able to open this week. They were immediately told to leave.

Parker said assessment teams were heading into the quake-scarred city -- New Zealand's second-largest -- to check the damage.

"We were restarting to think, maybe, just maybe, we are over the worst of this and now we have had this shocking event," he said.

Officials estimate up to 100,000 homes were damaged in Saturday's quake, which caused damage estimated at two billion dollars (1.45 billion US) but killed no one.

earlier related report
State of emergency extended in quake-hit New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand (AFP) Sept 8, 2010 - A state of emergency in New Zealand's earthquake-hit Christchurch has been extended for another week, officials said Wednesday after a shallow aftershock rocked the city.

"We've just been told the state of emergency in Christchurch will be in place for another week," a civil defence ministry official told AFP.

He was unable to confirm whether the extension was a direct result of a shallow 5.0-magnitude aftershock that hit the country's second largest city Wednesday morning, forcing evacuations and the closure of a major road tunnel.

The state of emergency in the wake of Saturday's 7.0-magnitude quake had been due to expire on Wednesday at midday (0000GMT).

The aftershock struck at 7:49 am (1949 GMT Tuesday), sending frightened residents rushing into the streets, cutting already fragile power supplies and bringing down loose material from damaged buildings.

Authorities closed a 1.9-kilometre (1.2-mile) tunnel linking Christchurch to the nearby port of Lyttleton after cracks appeared.

The aftershock, the latest of more than 100 that have rocked Christchurch since the main quake, was just six kilometres deep and much closer to the city centre than previous tremors.

Nobody was killed in Saturday's quake, although many residents reported close shaves. The Canterbury health service said some minor cuts and bruises were reported after Wednesday's aftershock but nothing serious.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

New Zealand quake hits beer supplies at major brewery
Christchurch, New Zealand (AFP) Sept 7, 2010
New Zealand's major 7.0 earthquake disrupted supplies from one of the country's biggest breweries, an official said Tuesday, warning operations may not return to normal for weeks. The Lion Nathan brewery, which has stood in central Christchurch since the 1850s, was little damaged in Saturday's jolt but a nearby warehouse was badly shaken, with much of its beer, wine and spirit stock smashed. ... read more

Saving flood-hit Pakistan has global implications: UNDP

Eerie silence as army takes charge in NZ quake zone

Stalled funding hits Pakistan aid effort: UN

Crime, drugs threaten Haiti election: UN report

ISRO To Launch Two More Satellites By December

Bacteria could make self-healing concrete

Scientists create 'smarter' materials

Sony unveils new e-readers, adds touchscreen to all models

Contamination leaves 1.2 million Malaysians without water

Kazakh leader calls for diverting Siberian rivers south

Access to clean water down due to urbanisation: UN

Pollution and worsening quality focus of World Water Week

Climate: New study slashes estimate of icecap loss

Fuel tanker runs aground in Canadian Arctic: coast guard

Researchers Find A 'great Fizz' Of Carbon Dioxide At The End Of The Last Ice Age

Why Fish Don't Freeze In The Arctic Ocean

Erratic global weather threatens food security: experts

Walker's World: The food crisis

NGOs call for Romanian minister to be sacked for GM links

Medvedev hints at end to Russia grain export ban

New Zealand quake hits beer supplies at major brewery

Indonesian volcano unleashes violent eruption

Massive waves wipe out over 40 Liberian homes

Hermine slams northeast Mexico, swirls into US

Safari Slovaks held in plot claim freed: C.Africa

U.S. tries to curb looting of Congo

Rwanda threatens Sudan peacekeeper pullout over UN report

South Sudan to end use of child soldiers 'by year's end'

Internet an equalizer for people with disabilities

First Clear Evidence Of Feasting In Early Humans

The Mother Of All Humans

Giant Chinese 'Michelin baby' startles doctors: reports

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement