Friday, September 03, 2010

Massive 7.4 Quake Devastates Christchurch, New Zealand

What is being described as a “massive 7.4 quake” struck in New Zealand this morning, devastating Christchurch, the largest city in the So. Island of  New Zealand, and seriously injuring two people.

New Zealand is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcano eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.  As recent as August 10th , a powerful 7.5 quake struck in Vanuatu, So. Pacific, shaking buildings and causing a small tsunami wave. Also part of the Pacific Ring of Fire is Indonesia, where a volcano erupted August 30th  after 400 years of being dormant.

Civil Defence Minister John Carter says it is very likely a state of emergency will soon be declared for Christchurch following discussions with authorities at the scene of today's massive earthquake.

The quake was at a depth of 33km and was centred near Darfield, and has left large parts of the area without power, water or telephones.

Several large aftershocks have already struck the region, and wardens dressed in high-visibility gear are asking people to stay well clear of buildings because of the high risk of further collapses.

Residents 'lucky to be alive' More here.

Please keep the people of Christchurch, New Zealand in your prayers and thank our Lord that no one was killed in this earthquake as they struggle to cope with this disaster.

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