Earthquake in new zealand 2011 | Earthquake in christchurch new zealand

earthquake in christchurch new zealand 300x183 Earthquake in new zealand 2011 | Earthquake in christchurch new zealandAs many of you know, our home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit with a massive earthquake Monday (2/21). This is the city where I spoke in front of a large Cathedral in the local Square for many years (pictured–before and after the quake).

Many in the city had very frazzled nerves even before this quake. A 7.1 hit six months ago with no fatalities, and since then there have been more than 4,500 aftershocks. This one was much worse. None of my family know the Lord. May this make them realize the fragility of life.

earthquake in new zealand 2011 300x193 Earthquake in new zealand 2011 | Earthquake in christchurch new zealandThe September quake, with an epicentre 30 kilometres west of the city at a depth of 33 kilometres, struck in the early morning when city centre was largely empty. There were no fatalities last year.

Tuesday’s quake brought down power lines, ruptured pipes and forced the closure and evacuation of many buildings including the airport and university, and disrupted phone communications.

At least 65 people were confirmed dead and many more fatalities feared after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch on Tuesday in New Zealand’s South Island, causing widespread destruction.

Prime Minister John Key said at least 65 people were dead with many more people yet to be rescued. Hundreds more have suffered a wide range of injuries.

The quake, which struck at 12:51 pm (2351 GMT Monday), will have caused more damage than a 7.1-magnitude earthquake on 4th September because of its shallow depth, the institute said.

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