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Christchurch rocked by earthquakes

December 23, 2011 – A series of earthquakes have terrified many already-frazzled Christchurch residents this afternoon, starting with a 5.8 magnitude tremor at 1.58pm. It was followed by a 6.0 magnitude aftershock at 3.18pm, centred 10km east of Christchurch in South New Brighton. There was also a 5.3 magnitude quake at 2.06pm and a 5.0 at 4.50pm. Initial reports said one person had received minor injuries, although St John had responded to 19 earthquake-related emergency calls in and around Christchurch.

They ranged from complaints of chest pain and seizures, to a panic attack. Five people had collapsed, and one suffered a knock to the head. St John said all injuries were minor. Police say there is no tsunami threat, and they have no reports of serious or widespread damage or injury.

“There will be further aftershocks. This event pretty much takes the pattern of the June event,” he said, referring to a strong aftershocks in Christchurch that month. “Be aware of further aftershocks. Drop, cover and hold remains the old mantra. Look after each other, look after the neighbours, stay safe and call 111 or the council if you need help.”

…(NZ Herald)

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