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Quakes waken Christchurch residents while tsunami warning issued in the tropics

Two nasty jolts have rattled Christchurch residents in the early hours of this morning.

The first measured 4.2 on the Richter scale and happened at seven minutes past two.

The second was a 3.7 magnitude shake almost half an hour later.

So far there are no reports of damage although emergency services in Christchurch have taken a lot of calls.

GNS duty seismologist John Ristau says there have also been several smaller and less noticeable quakes

Meanwhile a powerful 7.6 quake has hit Vanuatu this morning.  A tsunami warning was issued for the island, along with New Caledonia and Fiji.  So far there have been no reports of damage.

New Zealand’s Civil Defence says there is no threat to New Zealand.  “Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand’.

– Newstalk ZB with
– Homepage image Alex Mitchell


David - New Brighton on 25/12/2010 9:37pm

Well, after a nice break from those aftershocks, we seem to be making up for it this morning, as we have just had our fourth quake, which was a beauty…I would imagine around in excess of 5.0 ..

Jason on 25/12/2010 9:54pm

4.9 magnitude centred in Opawa central city, power is out across parts of the city and all traffic lights are down, also phone lines.
Whole house rocked like mad here pool was sloshing for a good 5 minutes.

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