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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


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

Cars sit under rubble in central Christchurch following the 6.3-magnitude earthquake on the afternoon of February 22.
1 posted on 02/21/2011 9:50:55 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

That is where I would land on the MAC flights when I went down to visit the inlaws, way back when. They will need our prayers.


2 posted on 02/21/2011 10:08:35 PM PST by U S Army EOD
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To: Kartographer

That is where I would land on the MAC flights when I went down to visit the inlaws, way back when. They will need our prayers.


3 posted on 02/21/2011 10:08:44 PM PST by U S Army EOD
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To: Kartographer

YIKES!

Having experienced a 6.9 (Northridge quake — and 3 miles from the epicenter), I have prayers for our NZ brethren!

L.A. is generally deemed the most prepared (physically and structurally) place in the world for earthquakes. We lost 50 souls in the Northridge quake, and, before that 2 in the Whittier Narrows quake (I was 50 feet away when that poor girl lost her life).

I REALLY hope NZ has the structures to withstand and recover from this catastrophe!

Prayers up and I hope all FR joins me!


4 posted on 02/21/2011 10:10:56 PM PST by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-reader is a Judas Goat, leading the American sheeple to the slaugherhouse /Parmy)
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To: Kartographer

As far as I know my family near CHCH are OK...

But the lost of life and injuries are sad...

This is a beautiful city...

The oldest city and the 1st city incorporated in NZ

My father was born there...

My g grandmother and her father (my gg grandfather) died there and are buried in old cemetaries...

We spent a lot of time in CHCH when I was little...

The last time I was there was 2 years ago...

Canterbury Cathedral is a beautiful building..

Its a shame it has been so damaged...

I took communion there 2 years ago...

The Anglican service was much the same as when I was young


5 posted on 02/21/2011 10:11:44 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Kartographer; naturalman1975; fanfan

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this earthquake.


6 posted on 02/21/2011 10:14:12 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Kartographer

The official death toll is 65 and the mayor just said in an interview that the toll could easily double.


7 posted on 02/21/2011 10:14:30 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

bttt


8 posted on 02/21/2011 10:45:32 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: All
From theUSGS website:

Earthquake Summary
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Earthquake Summary Poster
Tectonic Summary

The February 21, 2011 South Island, New Zealand earthquake occurred as part of the aftershock sequence of the M 7.0 September 3, 2010 Darfield, NZ earthquake. The February 21st earthquake involved oblique-thrust faulting at the easternmost limit of previous aftershocks, and like the mainshock itself is broadly associated with regional plate boundary deformation as the Pacific and Australia plates interact in the central South Island, New Zealand.

This latest shock is significantly closer to the main population center of Christchurch, NZ, than is the September 2010 mainshock, in the vicinity of several other moderate (M 4 to 5) sized aftershocks located east of the main rupture zone of the 2010 event. There is no specific structure directly linking this event to the main fault of the 2010 mainshock, although there have been numerous aftershocks along generally east-west linear trends extending east from the end of the previous rupture. The north or north-east trends to the possible fault planes and the oblique thrust faulting mechanism as seen in the focal mechanism solution may reflect an association with similarly-trending faults previously mapped in the Port Hills region, just to the south of Christchurch.

Since the September 3, 2010 mainshock, there have been approximately 6 M>=5.0 aftershocks in the Christchurch region. The February 21st earthquake represents the largest aftershock to date, more that half a magnitude unit larger than the previous largest aftershock.

Earthquake Information for New Zealand
9 posted on 02/21/2011 10:49:18 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: Tennessee Nana

{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}

Prayers going up for all of your family and friends there!


10 posted on 02/21/2011 10:50:15 PM PST by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: Tennessee Nana

Best to your family there and other kiwis. I’ve finally heard from my friend. He and his family are OK.


11 posted on 02/22/2011 1:58:48 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: pillut48

Wow...epicenter is nearly a direct hit on Christchurch.


12 posted on 02/22/2011 2:56:26 AM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

It’s name is also beautiful.


13 posted on 02/22/2011 4:03:28 AM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

We visited the South Island several years ago and stayed a while in Christchurch. It was a beautiful city that had a really English look to it. Our prayers for them all. There were a “zillion” sheep roaming around the countryside...good luck to them too.


14 posted on 02/22/2011 4:13:10 AM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Hello,friend,prayers for the the Kiwis and their beautiful city. Video at BBC.com/news


15 posted on 02/22/2011 5:28:18 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: U S Army EOD

Beautiful country and people, and the Cathedral in Christchurch was magnificent. I was stationed in Christchurch from 1966-1969 when I was in the Navy. Best place I was ever stationed.


16 posted on 02/22/2011 5:52:18 AM PST by Roklok
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Usually when we think of a 6.5 that’s actually not much of a big deal. Maybe I have become desentized with all the 7.0s of late, but 6.5 seems weak now.

They must not be used to quakes there, and thus the death toll. Sad.


17 posted on 02/22/2011 6:03:38 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Kartographer

From Australia Sky News, this is the most dependable live stream I’ve found;

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/large-quake-hits-new-zealand/story-e6frf7jo-1226009955454


18 posted on 02/22/2011 6:08:46 AM PST by Rational Thought
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I call on the UN, the US government, the US military, and relief organizations from all corners of the globe to spend whatever funds are necessary to help these earthquake victims. The Zealanders are black, just like me and Barack, and need our help.......what? They ain't black, they're mostly white? Really? Oh.....never mind.


19 posted on 02/22/2011 6:11:28 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: rwfromkansas

When I saw the damage on the news from this earthquake, the 6.3 magnitude had me confused. I thought, “That’s alot of damage from a 6.3 quake,” then a light bulb went off in my head. “The fault must have broke near the surface,” I thought.

Sure enough, on the news they said the fault that slipped was near the surface. That’s why the damage looks (and is) so severe. If the quake was deep in the Earth the damage and death toll would have far less.

An almost identical earthquake happened in Santa Barbara, California on June 29, 1925. It was roughly a 6.3 earthquake, but it was near the surface. Downtown Santa Barbara....the business district.....was in ruins, and 14 people died. At the time, Santa Barbara had a population in the tens of thousands, whereas Christchurch has a population of 400,000. Also, the New Zealand quake happened at mid day, whereas the Santa Barbara quake happened at about 5:00 - 5:30 AM.


20 posted on 02/22/2011 6:15:55 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (A Jimmy Carter got us a Ronald Reagan......A Barack Obama will get us a Sarah Palin)
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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”...plus the depth.


22 posted on 02/22/2011 6:33:48 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it'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.

}:-)4


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.

Definitely!

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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To: ErnBatavia

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.
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/

Is Christchurch headed for a volcanic eruption?
http://www.iceagenow.com/Is_Christchurch_headed_for_a_volcanic_eruption.htm

Engineer concurs - Christchurch could be
headed for volcanic eruption
Subduction-zone volcanoes never go extinct, only dormant
Includes cities of Timaru, Oamaru and Dunedin
http://www.iceagenow.com/Engineer_concurs-Christchurch_could_be_headed_for_volcanic_eruption.htm


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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