Stay safe readers, aftershocks are likely to continue after today’s earthquake for some time.
Geonet rated the quake as severe. It was one of the largest since 2011, and people from across the South Island reported feeling the ground shaking. Aftershocks of magnitude 3.5 continued to rumble across the city during the afternoon.
The earthquake comes just a week before the fifth anniversary of the 6.3 magnitude February 22, 2011 quake that killed 185 people and flattened large swaths of the city, including the cathedral. Christchurch is still in the process of rebuilding.
New Zealand sits on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common”. source