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Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
CNN ^ | 2/21/11

Posted on 02/21/2011 9:50:52 PM PST by Kartographer

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday afternoon, causing multiple fatalities as it toppled buildings onto buses, buckled streets and damaged cathedrals, authorities said.

The quake struck shortly before 1 p.m Tuesday (7 p.m. Monday ET). It was followed by a series of aftershocks including a 5.6-magnitude aftershock about 15 minutes later. The United States Geological Survey recorded a second 5.5-magnitude aftershock shortly before 3 p.m. local time.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Breaking News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: christchurch; earthquake
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Oh dear. This could get much worse than.

I didn’t think about the distance from the surface. That definitely can be an impact here and explain why it seems much worse than I imagined a 6.3.

21 posted on 02/22/2011 6:31:21 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation; rwfromkansas

Yep - “location, location, location” the depth.

22 posted on 02/22/2011 6:33:48 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Kartographer

My cousin has just gotten his house repaired from the last quake in Christchurch. I pray that they are alright.I won’t hear from them for a while.

23 posted on 02/22/2011 6:39:14 AM PST by Ditter
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To: rwfromkansas

The live Internet TV feed last night (Australian Broadcasting Corporation feeding New Zealand TV3) was saying that the epicenter was about 10 km (6 mi) from Christchurch, and less than 5 km (3 mi) deep. That’s extremely shallow. They were also theorizing some of the buildings were weakened by the 7.0 quake back in September (which did much less damage because it was further away and down at 15 km deep). What’s worse, Christchurch is apparently built largely on marshy land, so soil liquefaction can be a problem. There were helicopter shots of roads with feet of muddy water on top of them, either from water main breaks or water being forced up from the soil by the quakes.


24 posted on 02/22/2011 6:40:18 AM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: Liberty Valance; naturalman1975; DieHard the Hunter
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this earthquake.


25 posted on 02/22/2011 6:43:57 AM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: SkyPilot

Even some of the “black” NZers have blue eyes and red hair


BTW the NZ Rugby team is called the ALL BLACKS

so Michelle MarBelle can feel warm fuzzies sending help...

26 posted on 02/22/2011 6:57:52 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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27 posted on 02/24/2011 3:59:23 AM PST by shaggy eel
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To: Kartographer

Christchurch Quake Map
5040 quakes; Shows every quake since Sept 4, one by one by one.

Is Christchurch headed for a volcanic eruption?

Engineer concurs - Christchurch could be
headed for volcanic eruption
Subduction-zone volcanoes never go extinct, only dormant
Includes cities of Timaru, Oamaru and Dunedin

28 posted on 02/24/2011 8:28:40 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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