A magnitude 5.5 quake rocked Christchurch today at 1pm local time, it was followed eight minutes later by a second quake that measured 4.4.
Geonet recorded the quake, with the epicentre just off the beach at Sumner.
|Universal Time||June 13 2011 at 1:00|
|NZ Standard Time||Monday, June 13 2011 at 1:00 pm|
|Latitude, Longitude||43.58°S, 172.78°E|
|Focal Depth||11 km|
Stuff reported on the quake, saying
There were evacuations at Canterbury University, Westfield Riccarton mall and Pak ‘n Save Wainoni.
One worker said items had been thrown from the shelves and the floor was littered with food and broken glass.
“It was pretty freaky. It felt like it was right under the supermarket,” she said.
Residents in Beckenham and Merivale said crockery smashed and shelves were emptied.
More liquefaction has been reported in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs.
In the Liggins St area of Horseshoe Lake the ground was bubbling, with sand spurting out of the ground, as happened in the first two major quakes, a resident said.
Phone lines were overloading… more here
Lyttelton Tunnel closed briefly, but has reopened.
There was one report that said a building had collapsed and people were trapped:
The quake struck at 1pm, 10 kilometres east of Christchurch at Taylor’s Mistake beach, at a depth of 11km, and sent people scrambling for cover.
A police spokesman said a building on the corner of Stanmore and Worcester Street had collapsed and people were feared trapped inside…more here
Stuff later tweeted
Bob Parker said there were unconfirmed reports of injuries within the cordon where dozens of demolition contractors have been working #eqnz
We predict that this too will be declared a new event for insurance purposes.