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Old 02-21-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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Just heard! Terrible news about the unconfirmed fatalities. Hope it's confirmed there aren't deaths afterall but it looks bad. Saw a video of a massive rock that fell on a building.

Why is this termed an aftershock versus an earthquake?

My heart goes out to our Kiwi neighbours. How awful for them to experience this.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Geo processor at Canterbury University. Just said its highly likely its a different fault.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Two buses crushed by buildings, that may be some of the fatalities.

Civil defnce has just labelled it a level 3 emergency (which is the highest level).
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: New Zealand and Australia
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Multiple fatalities now confirmed.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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My sister is on a school trip in NZ....was in Christchurch a few days ago...now near Queenstown and the Routeburn...

Far enough away?
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Australia
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My sister is on a school trip in NZ....was in Christchurch a few days ago...now near Queenstown and the Routeburn...

Far enough away?
They're saying on the news (here in Australia) that the quake was felt in Wanaka (which is near Queenstown) but they haven't given any indication there was any significant damage there. The damage in Christchurch is massive, but seems to be fairly localised. I'd say - on the basis of current information - that your sister would be fine.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:29 PM
 
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They're saying on the news (here in Australia) that the quake was felt in Wanaka (which is near Queenstown) but they haven't given any indication there was any significant damage there. The damage in Christchurch is massive, but seems to be fairly localised. I'd say - on the basis of current information - that your sister would be fine.

Christchurch looks like it's pretty bad - it's surreal.

Thanks for the reply, just got word (gotta love the speed of internet) that they felt it a little but are definitely fine.

Thinking of those affected...
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Australia
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Christchurch looks like it's pretty bad - it's surreal.

Thanks for the reply, just got word (gotta love the speed of internet) that they felt it a little but are definitely fine.

Thinking of those affected...

I'm glad you've heard from your sister and that she's fine.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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Default Deadly earthquake rocks New Zealand (Christchurch)

Deadly quake rocks New Zealand, topples buildings - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110222/ts_nm/us_newzealand_quake - broken link)
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WELLINGTON (Reuters) A strong quake hit New Zealand's second-biggest city of Christchurch on Tuesday for the second time in five months, toppling buildings, causing "multiple fatalities," trapping people beneath rubble and sparking fires.


Local TV showed bodies being pulled out of rubble strewn around the city center, though it was unclear whether any of them were alive, but police reported multiple fatalities after the 6.3 magnitude quake struck during the busy lunchtime
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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Is this politcs or a controversy. Seems it should be else where if not.
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