Strong Quakes Rock Christchurch

Only minor injuries, damage reported

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 23, 2011 12:31 AM CST

(Newser) – A series of strong earthquakes shook Christchurch, New Zealand, today, 10 months after a major quake killed 182 people and destroyed much of the downtown. A 5.8 quake was followed by a 5.3 quake minutes later, and a 6.0 quake an hour after that, along with many smaller ones, the BBC reports. A few dozen people suffered minor injuries, but the only major damage so far appears to have been to the nerves of the city's residents.

"There are a lot of Christchurch people who have relatives around other parts of New Zealand—I think they'll be spending Christmas with them," a city councilman tells the New Zealand Herald. "It was a really big shock because I think a lot of people thought they were all over. You can see a lot of people are quite visibly shaken. You can see they're thinking, 'Oh, here we go again.'"

Much of the damage from February's quake has not been repaired.
Much of the damage from February's quake has not been repaired.   (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
Liquefaction is seen seeping out of the ground after a 5.8-magnitude quake struck 16 miles north of Christchurch today.
Liquefaction is seen seeping out of the ground after a 5.8-magnitude quake struck 16 miles north of Christchurch today.   (AP Photo/NZ Herald, Kurt Bayer)
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