Another Quake Rocks Christchurch

Another quake has rocked Christchurch this morning, details from Geonet.org are as follows. The 4.5 magnitude was the second quake in the area this morning and was felt from Christchurch to Timaru.

Reference Number 3577039 [View event in Google Maps][View Felt Reports in Google Maps]
Universal Time September 10 2011 at 23:19
NZ Standard Time Sunday, September 11 2011 at 11:19 am
Latitude, Longitude 43.60°S, 172.76°E
Focal Depth 11 km
Richter magnitude 4.5
Region Canterbury
Location
  • Within 5 km of Diamond Harbour
  • 10 km east of Lyttelton
  • 10 km south-east of Christchurch

Reaction was swift from the people of Christchurch

  • “That was impressive…”holly shit that was big, still rocking here cashmere”  greer2004

  • “felt right under me at linwood a 4.9 at least” piersdad

  •  “yeap agree with ya there thought the house was gonna come off the piles with that one now to go and pick up all the stuff on the floor AGAIN oh joy…was planning on going to warehouse glad i wasnt there now”  bionic-grandma

The United States Geological Survey had  reported a larger 5.9 earthquake off the coast of New Zealand in the Auckland Islands less than 24 hours previously and a 5.1 Kermadec quake earlier in the week, details of both appear below.

Magnitude 5.9
Date-Time
Location 49.675°S, 163.995°E
Depth 10.5 km (6.5 miles)
Region AUCKLAND ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND REGION
Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time
Location 34.018°S, 179.504°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS

You may also be interested in our blog from 2 September 2011  Damaging Quake Nr. Lyttelton, Another Kermadec Quake which details a similar sequence of quakes, suggesting that this type of earthquake in Christchurch may not be aftershocks from the larger earthquakes that have damaged the city.

Also, 28 September 2011 Christchurch Earthquake Prophecy hoax or just misguided?

 

more to come…