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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-31-11 04:17 AM
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Quake rattles New Zealand's Christchurch: USGS
Source: Reuters

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck close to the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake was measured only about 14 km (9 miles) northeast of the city. It was another in a series of quakes that have rattled the city since a major earthquake killed almost 200 people there 10 months ago. <snip>

A quake of a similar magnitude was felt in the area on December 23, sending terrified residents from their houses but causing no casualties or major damage.

Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand's South Island, is still recovering from a quake measuring 6.3 that killed 182 people in February and caused up to NZ$20 billion ($15.5 billion) in damage.


Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/31/us-newzealand...
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