Christchurch Earthquake: Aftershocks Continue to Occur in the South Island of New Zealand

By on Dec 24, 2011 in Current Events, Events, Natural Disasters, Science Comments


New Zealand Earthquake
Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Christchurch in New Zealand has been inundated by strong aftershocks December 23 & 24, two days before Christmas, after it was initially struck by a 5.8 magnitude 1358 local time, 0058 GMT. This was disclosed by NZ local news and by USGS, December 23, 2011.

Further reports said that there were 15 aftershocks recorded overnight. Some malls, such as the Northlands Mall, choose to reopen, while other business establishments are still closed as there were street floods and damaged buildings. People were advised not to go panic buying.

Christchurch has been suffering from earthquakes since September and is still recovering from the aftereffects.

According to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake details of the latest New Zealand quake are:

Magnitude

5.0

Date-Time

  • Friday, December 23, 2011 at 17:37:30 UTC
  • Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 06:37:30 AM at epicenter
  • Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location

43.649°S, 172.901°E

Depth

7.6 km (4.7 miles)

Region

SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

Distances

21 km (13 miles) ESE of Christchurch, New Zealand
236 km (146 miles) SSE of Westport, New Zealand
303 km (188 miles) SSW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
311 km (193 miles) NE of Dunedin, New Zealand

Location Uncertainty

horizontal +/- 8.5 km (5.3 miles); depth +/- 6.8 km (4.2 miles)

Parameters

NST= 54, Nph= 63, Dmin=21.2 km, Rmss=1.41 sec, Gp=119°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7

Source

  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID

usc0007bvb

At Christchurch, there were minor injuries to people, but no reported serious occurrences.



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