This is just a few days short of the anniversary of the quake five years ago and comes at a time when people thought they had the quakes behind the.
The friends I spoke to yesterday were pretty shaken by this. It will have affected the confidence of the people of Christchurch who are still trying to gets their lives together despite the actions of government, insurance companies, credit rating agencies and - you name it.
5.7 quake, 62 aftershocks
is a 63 percent chance another quake between magnitude 5 and 5.9 will
strike Christchurch in the next year, after Sunday's 5.7 quake
increased the likelihood from 49 percent
of aftershocks occurred in the hours following the 5.7 quake - seen
in orange. Aftershocks in red. Photo: Geonet
quake - the largest in the city in four years - hit 15km east of the
city at a depth of 15km at 1.13pm.
hit with such force cliff faces crumbled, items fell off shelves and
walls and liquefaction started bubbling. It shook the ground, and it
shook people's emotions - just eight days out from the five year
anniversary of the February 22, 2011 quake which killed 185 people.
minor injuries were reported.
were 62 aftershocks from when the 5.7 quake struck and 10pm,
including a magnitude 4.2 quake at 6.27pm. More are expected in the
coming days, and the quake has increased the likelihood of larger
ones in the future.
is likely a quake between magnitude 5 and 5.9 will strike in the next
year, Geonet said.
is very unlikely a quake larger than magnitude 6 will occur, and
extremely unlikely a quake larger than magnitude 8 will occur.
greatest concentration of earthquakes is expected in the next week.
5.7 quake was the largest in the city since a quake in May 2012, and
was on par with what was felt in the city in December 2011, when a
series of strong shocks, including a 5.8 struck, Geonet said.
the peak ground acceleration measurement was 0.4g - enough for
liquefaction to occur - it was significantly lower than the 2.2g
experienced in the 6.3 February 2011 quake.
on cliff when it collapsed
Christchurch lifeguard says he's lucky to be alive after the Sumner
cliffs he and several junior lifeguards were jumping off began
falling around them in this afternoon's 5.7 earthquake.
view from Godley Head Track of a cliff collapsing near Sumner.Photo: RNZ/
Mistake life saving club patrol captain Craig Jamieson was showing
the group, all aged between 12 and 14, how to jump off the cliff face
and perform rescues, when the earthquake hit.
felt his boat rocking up and down, and suddenly large rocks were
falling and a billow of smoke was engulfing them.
Jamieson said he told the young guards, which included his son, to
jump into the water and swim to the boat.
quake - what you need to know
said they were all traumatised, but had to jump quickly into action
to make sure none of the swimmers or fishers in the area were hurt.
I look up where they're standing there, there's a whole sheet of rock
that starts falling down over their heads, from the size of a tennis
ball to the size of a stove.
just said 'look, just get out of there, get into the water and get to
the boat as quickly as you can.
still had a job to do - we still had to make sure everybody else was
young lifeguards were traumatised, but jumped into action to make
sure none of the swimmers or fishers in the area were hurt.
it ever going to end?
residents have been left wondering if the quakes will ever end.
was just another earthquake I could do nothing about," said
Michael, who sat in an armchair in his home in suburban Bishopdale
and watched as a magnitude 5.7 quake struck the city.
told RNZ Christchurch people had become too used to earthquakes.
was sitting in my basic armchair and I just stayed sitting and
watched it happen because it was just another earthquake I could do
nothing about," he said.
just too accustomed to earthquakes."
huge dust cloud follows the collapse of a cliff near Sumner. Photo: Carl
said he feared what today's quake would do for people's perception of
vulnerable after earthquake
real consideration is what it raises in my mind, and I think probably
for a lot of other people is, 'is this going to continue forever now,
is this the norm?' Because if it is, I don't think it augers well for
attitudes towards Christchurch," he said.
started to believe that 'okay, things are going to settle down' but
if it continues at this rate, it's not something you would volunteer
to go into on a life-time basis."
Avenue residents were shovelling silt off the roads this afternoon.
resident said he had just finished cleaning up his house when he went
outside, and noticed liquefaction on the road too.
resident Craig McKay said he would consider moving out of
Christchurch after today's quake.
has just finished building his brand new house after his old one was
destroyed in the February 2011 quake.
just felt the ground violently shaking and everything starting to
fall down off the walls. So I just made my way outside and noticed
all the liquefaction again, bubbling out of the ground."
said he was "pretty emotional" about the whole thing.
City Council media manager Jocelyn Ritchie said she was in the
supermarket when the quake hit.
was just that awful sound again, that rumble. It lasted a good 20
seconds, it was stuff falling off the shelves, people diving under
their supermarket trolleys, and everyone just looking at each other
going 'no not again'," she said.
Ritchie said people were in tears and trying to contact family and
friends but the phone systems appeared to be jammed.
reporter Sally Murphy was walking in Godley Heads track near Sumner
and saw part of the cliff collapsing.
looked across the ocean and we just saw this huge cliff collapse and
as we were walking back to Taylors Mistake, where our car is, the
rocks were still falling. I think they've been really unsettled by
the quake ... now they've all started to fall down."
number of other people contacted RNZ with their experiences.
had lots of liquor bottles coming off the shelves and in the kitchen
there quite a few utensils around." - Joe's Garage maître d'
on Clifton Hill at Sumner. Whitewash Head falling into the sea again
is not something I thought I'd see twice in my life." - Linda
been through all the quakes here, this was the first time I've burst
into tears and got under a table. So scary, I was at the Palms Mall
and the movement was instant and orderly everyone left immediately."
got out of cars because it felt like the wheels were falling off!"
- Michael Aitken
was long & strong but no apparent damage. Our cat completely
ignored it and kept on eating while the house shook & made
noises!" - Anne
on Brighton Beach and strong enough to knock my 3 year old over! Big
dust clouds over Redcliffs/Sumner way." - Brett O'Donnell
strong on the hill in Lyttelton. Some minor damage to house.
Significant damage to nervous system!" - Sarah
Quake a setback for recovery
An organisation set up to help Cantabrians cope mentally after the two big quakes says some people will struggle following yesterday's strong tremor.
Liquefaction on Bower Avenue In North New Brighton/ Parklands. Photo: RNZ/ Sally Murphy
'All Right?', run by the Canterbury District Health Board and the Mental Health Foundation, said the 5.7 quake will have been a big setback for some residents' mental recovery.
Public health specialist with the board Lucy D'Aeth said some people would feel like they had lost a lot of ground and would revert to worrying about whether there would be more big quakes.
"People will be very shaken up, it's a horrible shock just before the fifth anniversary ... we haven't had a shake like this in a long time and it will have given people a hell of a fright."
Ms D'Aeth said residents should try to connect with each other and do physical activity to combat any stressful feelings, even if it was just a walk round the garden.
Exercise in particular would help people with pent-up stress and adrenaline.
She said the jolt may have reawakened feelings experienced after the first two big earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Recovery from natural disasters such as the previous two damaging big quakes can take up to 10 years.
Ms D'Aeth said there would be a ripple effect with disruption for children as well with some schools closed.
She called for Cantabrians to be gentle with each other, but also the rest of the country with them.
"We're still in recovery and this will have set us back, so we're asking for your patience in dealing with us please."
People wanting to talk about their feelings or seeking help are urged to call the 'All Right?' helpline on 0800 777 846 and speak to one of its trained staff.