Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Round of Earthquakes Hit Christchurch, New Zealand

One person was injured as Christchurch, New Zealand was hit by a 5.8 earthquake on Friday, Dec. 23rd. 

But there were no immediate reports of serious injuries or widespread damage in the city, which is still recovering from a devastating February earthquake that killed 182 people and destroyed much of the downtown area.

The 5.8-magnitude quake struck Friday afternoon 16 miles (26 kilometers) north of Christchurch at a depth of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers), the US Geological Survey said. The quake was followed by a series of sharp aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 5.3 and a depth of just 1.8 miles (3 kilometers).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert.
The city's airport was evacuated and all city malls shut down as a precaution.

Now I'm wondering when it's going to be SoCal's turn....

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