Kaikoura Rocked by ‘Severe’ Earthquake – Panic

New Zealand’s perilous position on the Pacific Ring of Fire was drawn into sharp focus again today with the news that a 6.3 earthquake had struck near the small tourist village of Kaikoura in the South Island. Kaikoura’s store manager, James Hills, described the chaos in his shop after the quake hit. “Fair bit of…

Aftershocks to Continue Following Yesterday’s Quake

Sizable aftershocks are expected following yesterday’s earthquake which was centred west of Arthur’s Pass. Some of them are already occurring, leading to fears the government’s Earthquake Commission may not have enough reserves to meet significant numbers of fresh damage claims. It’s been 4 years since the original quake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest city,…