State Of Emergency May Be Declared in Christchurch, Quake Near White Island

There have been shallow and powerful earthquakes  in Christchurch this morning that sent Boxing Day shoppers running for cover, they also caused power outages to around 40,000 premises in the central business district  Papanui, St Albans, Fendalton and other parts of the city.

The store Ballantyne’s has been damaged with a lot of broken glass inside.

The council is said to be considering declaring a state of emergency.

According to the site Canterbury Quake live there has been 19 quakes so far in Christchurch this Boxing Day, starting  at 2.07am with a magnitude 4.21. The strongest was a very shallow magnitude 4.89 at 10.30am, only 3 kms from Catherdral Square, which caused most of the damage to the CBD.

For more about earthquakes in Christchurch, Canterbury and the slow pace of recovery read posts tagged #EQNZ or click on the Christchurch Earthquake  picture on the right side of this page.

North Island Quake

A couple of hours before the Christchurch quakes started today the North Island was also roughly jolted by a single 5.9 magnitude quake. The quake struck just after midnight 80 kilometres north of White Island in the Bay of Plenty and was felt over large areas of the North Island.

48 Km offshore, White Island (Whakāri) is one of New Zealand’s most active cone volcanoes which has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years. About 70 percent of the volcano is under the sea, making this massive volcanic structure one of the largest in New Zealand (Geonet)