Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Christchurch Aftershocks October 2012

Christchurch has been shaken by a series of noticeable aftershocks that kicked off with a 3.2 magnitude at 8:40pm on the 23rd October. This was felt by many in the region with people commenting on Facebook and Twitter that it was an unwelcome reminder of the past. It was five kilometres deep and centred in the Cashmere Hills.

At 3:17am on the 24th October, many people in the city awoke to feel the ground shaking again as a 4.0 magnitude quake struck. The sensation was described as a rolling and rattling and Geonet classed it as moderate. It was 8 kilometres deep and centred in the ocean east of New Brighton. It was followed 23 minutes later by a 3.3 aftershock.

Demolition continues in the Christchurch CBD and on the 23rd October, the latest victim was the building that housed the Tap Room on the corner of Cashel Mall and Oxford Terrace. Shoppers in the Restart Zone paused to watch as a digger pulled chunks of brickwork and masonry apart. The Tap Room was a popular bar and restaurant and was always busy at lunchtimes with people dining outside and enjoying the view of the River Avon.

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