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Aftershocks trigger more evacuations

Published: 8:43AM Sunday February 27, 2011 Source: ONE News

Civil Defence and Urban Search and Rescue teams evacuated more residents in the Mt Pleasant area last night.

Twenty-three properties in Bridle Path Road, La Costa Lane, Maffeys Road and McCormacks Bay Road were evacuated for public safety because of falling rocks.

Evacuations began at 8.20pm and were completed at 9.50pm.

Civil Defence said evacuees were given the option of heading to a welfare centre but all found alternative accommodation.

Aftershocks have also seen Cathedral Square locked down due to to unstable buildings.

This morning a 3.2 magnitude aftershock hit within 5km of Lyttelton at a depth of 8km. Four houses were evacuated.

The Lyttelton tunnel has been reopened to emergency vehicles and local residents.

Aftershocks are decreasing in size and frequency. The last aftershock over 4.0 magnitude was at 6.52am on Saturday.

Aftershocks occurred at 7.36pm and 11.51pm on Saturday.

A 3.6 magitude shock occurred 10km east of Christchurch at a depth of 9km at 7.36pm, followed at 11.51pm by a 3.8 magnitude, 11km deep quake 20km west of Christchurch.

Two further aftershocks on Sunday occurred at 3.26am and 4.54am, both centred 10km south-east of the city. The first was a 3.0 magnitude at 7km deep and the second was 3.4 magnitude at 10km deep.

Meanwhile, workers at Scott Base say the quake could be felt as far away as Antarctica and the ice there has broken for the first time since 1997.

The flag is flying at half mast at the base as a mark of respect.

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  • royalcourtier said on 2011-03-14 @ 21:33 NZDT: Report abusive post

    The whole focus of this debate is wrong. There is no reason for any of these buildings to be demolished. It is not a case of which should be saved, but which should be demolished. There are few which cannot be saved. What people are missing is that if a building is demolished unnecessarily, and illegally, there won't be any insurance. Only the city can approve demolition - civil defence cannot do so.

  • Adam Chc said on 2011-03-09 @ 14:44 NZDT: Report abusive post

    As a small business based near the epicentre in Christchurch we are strugeling to survive and simply can not afford a day off. I also do not think I or my staff are reasdy for a day of mourning yet. I am surprised the govenment would even consider this, it shows how out of touch they are to the impact this is having on business and staff.

  • annej said on 2011-03-08 @ 15:09 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I must congratulate Bob Parker for his leadership and his caring nature to all people in Christchurch and his unfaultering continual contact with his people, a fine leader and the restoration of Christchurch should go through him and the council and not left to those who do not care about the uniqueness of Christchurch, sack Brownlee, send him back where he come from.

  • annej said on 2011-03-08 @ 15:04 NZDT: Report abusive post

    At a time when the suffering is entering an unacceptable time frame of two weeks, John Key throws the baby out with the bath water and states that the government will buy the land off people who have suffered so much,this is akin to pulling the rug from underneath those who are stressed,do not know their fate and have lost loved ones, more thought and empathy is needed from central govt and to deal with the bulk of the people and not just the business sector.Thoughts and prayers to all.

  • Huatoki said on 2011-03-08 @ 13:37 NZDT: Report abusive post

    As with every issue he's dealt with, Brownlee crashes in with an ill-advised and inflammatory attitude, then scuttles behind his officials and is unavailable for comment. Christchurch needs unifying, reassuring and competent leadership and Brownlee consistently fails on all three counts. We need resources, not divisiveness. If the minister cannot deliver them quickly and efficiently, he needs to go. We deserve better.

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