Monday 21 August 2017

Shoppers dodge rain of glass as quake hits NZ

Joe Cumbers in Christchruch

MASONRY and glass yesterday rained down near post-Christmas shoppers as a magnitude 4.9 earthquake rocked Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.

No one was injured but at least 20 buildings in the city's centre were damaged by the temblor, which scientists said was the latest of hundreds of aftershocks since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on September 4, 2010. That quake caused extensive damage and a handful of injuries, but no deaths.

Yesterday's temblor also came a few hours after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck under the sea near Vanuatu. There were no reports of damage or injuries from that quake, though it generated a small tsunami wave.

Irish Independent

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