More earthquakes have frightened residents of Christchurch New Zealand and Japan. The worst possible start to the New Year. Our concern and good wishes go out to all affected by these events. According to the NZ Timeslive website:
New Zealand’s quake-ravaged city of Christchurch was rocked Monday by 17 earthquakes in 18 hours.
No serious damage was reported from the swarm, which included two shakes stronger than magnitude 5 and another six between magnitude 4 and 5.
The City Council issued a statement asking the “community to look after neighbours, friends and family and take care during this difficult time.”
The South Island’s largest city has been racked by quakes since September 2010, including one in February that killed 181 people.
The first tremor, measuring 3.9, hit at 1:27 am (12:27GMT Sunday), and the city kept shaking with a significant tremor of magnitude 4.8 just before 7pm, the state GeoNet organization, which monitors quakes, reported.
A double shock 12 seconds apart with the biggest of magnitude 5.5 struck before dawn and triggered an automatic power shutoff to 10 000 homes, but electricity was restored by 8am.
Detailed maps and reports here: http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/quakes/recent_quakes.html
According to the Times of India:
A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 jolted eastern and northeastern Japan on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages and no tsunami warning was issued.
The earthquake measured 4 in central Tokyo, Fukushima and their surrounding areas on the Japanese intensity scale, which measures ground motion, according to Japan Meteorological Agency, which uses a different measuring system than the the U.S. Geological Survey.
All the quakes were relatively shallow at depths of 8 km to 20 km and centred close to the city.
Using techniques built on the work of Rafaele Bendandi, Talkshop contributor Michele Casati warned yesterday of possible earthquake action in the near future, peaking near the middle of this month.