Monday, June 13, 2011


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Strong earthquake rocks New Zealand

Monday, June 13th, 2011 12:50:00
KUALA LUMPUR: An earthquake of 6-magnitude on the Richter scale shook New Zealand's South Island at 10.20am today.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a satement here said the quake was located 12 km northeast of Christchurch and 7,608 km southeast of Tawau, Sabah.
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New Zealand Earthquake Report - Jun 13 2011 at 6:00 am (NZST)

Magnitude 2.7, Monday, June 13 2011 at 6:00 am (NZST), 10 km north-east of Leeston.

Quake Details

Information about this earthquake:
Reference Number3528665[View event in Google Maps][View Felt Reports in Google Maps]
Universal TimeJune 12 2011 at 18:00
NZ Standard TimeMonday, June 13 2011 at 6:00 am
Latitude, Longitude43.74°S, 172.37°E
Focal Depth6 km
Richter magnitude2.7
  • 10 km north-east of Leeston
  • 30 km east of Rakaia
  • 30 km south-west of Christchurch
Felt in Brookside and Doyleston.

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New Zealand hit by fresh quakes

13/06/2011 - 06:57:49

A series of strong earthquakes shook the quake-weary New Zealand city of Christchurch today, briefly trapping two people inside a church.The damaged St. John the Baptist Church is seen following series of earthquakes that shook Christchurch, New Zealand, today. Pic: AP

The quakes forced people to flee in panic from buildings. There were no initial reports of injuries.

Christchurch has been shaken by thousands of aftershocks since a 6.3-magnitude quake killed 181 people in February.

A series of tremors were felt today, the largest of which the US Geological Survey recorded at magnitude 6.0.

One of the tremors trapped two people inside St John’s Church, which mostly collapsed in the February quake.

Police said they had since been rescued. Another building nearby was brought down, but no one was inside.

People attending inquest hearings for victims of the February 22 earthquake reportedly bolted from the Riccarton Park Function Centre when today’s quakes struck.

Others fled from buildings at Canterbury University and the Westfield Riccarton Mall, which also suffered heavy damage in February.

Rocks tumbled from hills in the eastern suburbs, where the earthquake also pushed up a watery silt that is created during some quakes, a process called liquefaction.

The city’s airport was closed so the runways could be inspected but there did not immediately appear to be damage, Air New Zealand spokeswoman Marie Hosking said.

Ten people have been taken to hospitals with minor injuries from falling debris, an ambulance service said.

“I acknowledge that this has been a setback for Christchurch and its people, but it does not lessen our resolve to rebuild,” Prime Minister John Key told reporters.

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Last NZ quake victims declared dead
16/05/2011 - 07:32:14
The last nine victims of New Zealand’s devastating earthquake were declared dead today, ending a painful wait for the families of people whose remains have not been found.

Even DNA testing proved unable to identify nine of the 181 victims killed in ruined parts of the city of Christchurch in the February 22 earthquake and the government set up a special coroner’s inquest to examine other evidence.

Chief coroner Neil MacLean made his official finding of death for nine people whose mobile phones, bank accounts and passports have not been used and whose remains could not be located. He concluded they died from traumatic injuries as a result of the earthquake.

MacLean said the families of the six women and three men deserved closure. Four of the nine people involved were Chinese and one Filipino. Others were born in Peru and Russia.

Witnesses reported seeing all nine of them in the Canterbury Television (CTV) Building before the earthquake, but no-one had seen any of them since. A total of 115 people were killed in the CTV building, which collapsed and caught fire.

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake is one of New Zealand’s worst disasters. Some 10,000 houses and nearly 1,000 commercial buildings will have to be demolished, while some parts of suburban Christchurch are likely to be abandoned altogether.

Police had earlier identified 172 victims of the earthquake and told the inquest they had names for another nine people but any remains recovered were too incomplete to be identified forensically.

Fingerprints, dental remains, pathological examinations and DNA analysis were among the methods which failed to identify the nine, Detective Inspector Paul Kench said.

“To say that this is an extraordinary type of inquiry is an understatement,” MacLean told the hearing.

The six women MacLean ruled dead were: Jinyan Leng, 30, Xiujuan Xu, 47, Didi Zhang, 23, and Xiaoli Zhou, 26, of China; Rhea Mae Sumalpong, 25, of the Philippines; and Elsa Torres De Frood, 53, a Peru-born New Zealand resident.

The men were: Matthew Lyle Beaumont, 31, and Shawn Lucas, 40, of Christchurch; and Valeri Volnov, 41, a Russian-born New Zealand resident.

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Christchurch rattled by more earthquakes

Dominique Schwartz reported this story on Monday, June 13, 2011 18:10:00

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The city of Christchurch has yet again been rocked by a series of powerful earth tremors.

The largest measured 6.0 on the Richter scale. A building has been destroyed and about six people have suffered minor injuries.

The latest shocks come as the city tries to rebuild after the 6.3 magnitude quake in February.

New Zealand correspondent Dominique Schwartz is in Christchurch.

Dominique, how extensive is the damage?