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Psychological blow for Christchurch

There are more rocks falling from cliffs and more ooze coming out of the ground, but the worst blow from the weekend’s big aftershock in Christchurch has been a psychological one.

National Civil Defence director John Hamilton told Newstalk ZB’s Susan Wood that the clean up is already well underway after Saturday’s magnitude 5.3 quake.

But he says it feels like two steps forward, one step back, with liquefaction back in areas where it’s hit before.

“The impact really is psychologically on the poor residents there who have put a lot of effort into clearing silt out of their own properties only to have another couple of inches of silt in your living room or garage and across your front lawn. It’s not particularly pleasant.”

Water teams worked flat out yesterday to get water back on, but there may be areas particularly in the suburbs of Redcliffs and Sumner still out.


– NewstalkZB


David on 20/04/2011 4:09am

These guys in Christchurch must be sick to the back teeth with the earthquakes.
I have just heard that NZ had a 6.3 quake 550km’s east of Auckland early the other morning and we had a Tsunami warning. Never heard anything on radio or TV since.

Gee those boys st HAARP in Alaska sure have been busy over the past months, first they get an earthquake to occur just off the coast of Japan that they know would cause a Tsunami to wreck havoc, now they try the same near to our coastline.

Oops, careful Dave, you know what happens when you think out loud, yep, it gets others to open their minds too.


WW Forecast Team on 20/04/2011 4:56am

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your comments and thoughts. 

Please note that Tuesday’s earthquake didn’t generate a tsunami or a tsunami warning for New Zealand – click here to read more.


– WeatherWatch team

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