Christchurch, New Zealand Hit With More Powerful Quakes

Nearly four months after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 182 people and costing New Zealand up to $10 billion in damages, Christchurch was hit with a series of tremors, the most powerful being a 6.0 magnitude earthquake at 2:20 PM local time (10:20 PM ET) on Monday.

There have been no reported fatalities at this time, but according to New Zealand’s Civil Defense, 10 people suffered minor injuries. Two people were also reportedly rescued from a damaged church, but there have been no other reports of people trapped as a result of damage.

Unfortunately, it’s not over quite yet for Christchurch. Today’s series of tremors are, according to New Zealand’s GNS Institute, an expected result of the February earthquake, and the latest earthquake may even set off fresh seismic activity.

“We would expect a number of aftershocks in the magnitude 4.0 to 5.0 range on the coming days and weeks,” Kelvin Berryman, GNS’s Manager of Natural Hazards Research told Reuters.

via Yahoo