Christchurch Earthquake

December 23, 2011 by staff 

Christchurch Earthquake, The latest quakes to hit Christchurch has left locals shaken after months of relative peace and quiet.

A 5.8-magnitude quake hit just before 1pm this afternoon, with another similar-sized aftershock reported at about 3.20pm.

Christchurch City Councillor Aaron Keown said the second big quake today felt as strong and lasted as long as the first.

“I was just on the phone to my sister-in-law who is in Hoon Hay, and they had glasses coming off the shelves that time and they did not have that for the first one.” editor-in-chief Jeremy Rees said it felt like there was a lot of sideways motion during the second big aftershock. He saw plates falling off shelves at a store in Cashel Mall. He said people were in tears.

Newstalk ZB reporter Juliette Sivertsen is in her home in Christchurch and said the second shake felt a lot stronger than the first.

“Things have fallen off and crashed over in our house. We’ve got little children that we’re trying to get under the door frame and into a safe place.

It was really, really long, very violent and we are all really shaken up at the moment,” she says.

Newstalk ZB reporter Elliott Smith was also at his home in Christchurch and says he lurched for a door frame when the second large one hit.

He says the force of the quake was so strong that it knocked it off his feet before he’d reached the door.

Mr Keown was in Templeton in central Christchurch at the time of the first of today’s shakes struck.

“It was quite a big jolt. It was rocking, you could hear the buildings creaking and alarms going off.

“A lot of people were running from buildings.”

Mr Keown was not aware of any major damage.

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