Deadly earthquake rattles New Zealand city

by Anonymous on Feb. 21st, 2011

New Zealand earthquake location
New Zealand earthquake locationCourtesy USGS
A strong earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand toppling several buildings and killing an undetermined number of people. According to the US Geological Survey the magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles near Christchurch, which is New Zealand's second largest city. The quake struck on Tuesday at 12:51PM local time (6:51PM Monday EST), followed by several strong aftershocks. The city's population of 350,00 has been recovering from a similar quake that struck last September 4th.

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The news is heartbreaking

posted on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 4:01pm
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mdr says:

It's being reported that the earthquake may have caused a half-mile long chunk of ice weighing 30 to 40 million tons to break off the Tasman Glacier at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The park is located about 100 miles west of Christchurch. When the giant ice slab fell into a lake, it caused waves up to 10 feet high for about 30 minutes. Here's the story.

posted on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 2:39pm
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KelsiDayle says:

Check out photo #25 on The Big Picture (link in comment below)!

posted on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 4:34pm
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KelsiDayle says:

The Big Picture just threw up 36 photos of the event here.

posted on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 3:07pm

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