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Damage assessed after 'violent' aftershock

Published: 5:15AM Tuesday May 10, 2011 Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB

Engineers have been assessing the damage to Christchurch's CBD after this morning's rash of aftershocks.

A 5.3 magnitude quake hit at 3.04am and was centred in Rolleston, 20 km west of Christchurch, at a depth of just over 14 kilometres.

Two further aftershocks were recorded after the 3.04am one today, a 3.4 at 6.06am and a 4.1 at 9.09am. Both quakes were shallow.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) spokeswoman Catherine Delore says they have seven indicator buildings in the CBD which are being closely monitored for damage. She said some of their cracks were wider after this morning's quakes.

She said the Hotel Grand Chancellor has not sustained any more structural damage.

The 5.3 quake was felt as far away as Greymouth and Dunedin.

Christchurch residents contacted tvnz.co.nz with their experiences from the latest shake.

Theupbeats said: "It was brutal! And really long this time round although I didnt hesistate to get up as these are just the norm! But it's enough to make ya think what the hell am I still doing here!"

JoGee described the quake as violent. "It seemed to last a long time, but I decided I was safer in bed, on getting up I found objects toppled, on the floor etc. Does make you wonder how much more and why we stay."

GeoNet says the shake was the eighth biggest since the September 4 earthquake and the fourth biggest since the devastating February 22 one.

Seismologists say the size of the quake means some homes may have received minor damage.

Police told ONE News that spent the morning checking on properties with alarms that went off.

A Southern Communications spokesperson said they have had no reports of injuries or damage.

Christchurch Newstalk ZB chief reporter Jo Scott said the quake was a long, rolling one that knocked items off shelves in homes around the city.

She said there was no visible change to the quake-damaged Hotel Grand Chancellor. The 26-storey building is still on a lean awaiting demolition.
Power remained on throughout the tremor.

ONE News reporter Charlotte Bellis told TV ONE's Breakfast that the 5.3 shake measured 6 on the Mercalli scale which measures ground shaking. That means it would have been difficult to stand, there would be cracks in plaster and furniture could have overturned.

This morning's 5.3 shake was also the 25th earthquake Christchurch has had measuring five or more on the Richter scale in the past six months.

Meanwhile, detailed new footage taken within Christchurch's Red Zone area has been released.

The video was taken by Terralink International for Civil Defence last month. Terralink's StreetCam vehicle spent two days in early April taking imagery of every accessible area.

See the aftershocks list

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  • tasha 123 said on 2011-05-16 @ 11:50 NZDT: Report abusive post

    O M G I WAS IN CHRISCHURCH WHEN IT HAPPEND BUT I WAS IN RANIGORA AND WE WERE ASLEEP THEN BUT I WAS DAM SCARED

  • TomNatsworthy said on 2011-05-11 @ 09:45 NZDT: Report abusive post

    The aftershock was not as violent as previous aftershocks. The sensation of this aftershock was comparative to that in September, and also these two quakes occurred at similar times. Obviously there is no relation between time and the nature of the quake, yet I find this coincidence curious.

  • apaice said on 2011-05-10 @ 19:30 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I feel for the quake victims and their stress however how about living within the leaky home debacle for four years and counting. Spending over $400,000 as a complex to fight our council and government is enough to stress anyone out. I would love to have John Key and Maurice Williamson come and see what their lack of policy has created.

  • zing said on 2011-05-10 @ 16:34 NZDT: Report abusive post

    The quakes are the easy bit. The hard bit is dealing with the idiots in charge. As a business owner I'm not allowed in to my green-stickered building. Have to assume the army hasn't finished looting yet. Chch is now run by idiots. That's the real unpublished story. It's time TVNZ got onto it!

  • G Pearson said on 2011-05-10 @ 16:13 NZDT: Report abusive post

    It woke me up and my husband, but I didn't feel that it was as violent as reported. One plastic bottle fell over in the bathroom. We live in Burnside.

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