Christchurch rattled by 4.8 quake
Fri, 06 Jul 2012 3:37p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Christchurch has been rocked by a sharp jolt this afternoon.
Initial reports suggest the quake, which struck around 3:29, was a magnitude 4.8, 11km deep and centred 30km west of the city.
Leeston resident Tracey Pellow says it was a “short and sharp banger”.
“It was a nasty jolty one,” says Nicholas Smeaton. “Scarier than the one off Taranaki the other day.”
“It picked me up and dropped me where I was sitting,” says 3 News viewer Cathi.
“It was a strong, beastie one. It rolled for a while and felt like good tonnes behind it.”
Rolleston resident Neil Watson says his family felt the quake very strongly – but weren’t fazed.
“My two kids were upstairs playing on their Wii with a friend. I was downstairs, ran upstairs to see if they were okay, they all shouted ‘Woohoo! That was a good one’,” he told 3 News.
“The cat passed me and was gone!”
Meanwhile Waimakariri residents John and Sandra Durand say they felt the quake, which “was like the ground was rolling”.
There are no reports of injuries or damage at this stage.
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7/07/2012 2:26:13 p.m.
Jeanette Hickford wrote:
I was playing Sinding's 'Rustle of Spring' on the grand piano at the Ngaio Marsh Retirement Village lounge when quake struck. The big piano was rolling from side to side (as was the stool I was sitting on) - some RUSTLE I must say. I kept playing and got a great reception from the 60 or more residents listening. A new experience for me (a 70 year-old!) though I felt quite 'shaken' by it!!
6/07/2012 6:48:03 p.m.
Rob did you read the article?? They spoke to Neil Watson of Rolleston?? Was more than a wobble in the west of the city... Made me reach for the kids.. Am quite on edge again now too.. Not nice for anyone involved...
6/07/2012 5:58:26 p.m.
was a good jolt here in belfast started of slow and got bigger
6/07/2012 4:31:35 p.m.
olwyn Mckinlay wrote:
The quake today was very loud and rough! Everything really shuddered and rattled.Gave me a big fright for sure.It really felt shallow.
6/07/2012 4:27:35 p.m.
Paul Morris wrote:
Today's quake felt like a 3.5 out here in New South Brighton it made things shake in the house but no damage. Hope my mates at work in the Red Zone are all safe that is my main concern after hearing it was a 4.8
6/07/2012 4:00:03 p.m.
Why don't you ask the people the EQ was under ... Christchurch only had a wobble, it was right under Rolleston but there has never been a mention of any there.
6/07/2012 3:58:36 p.m.
Adele Geradts wrote:
felt it in mt pleasant, a long low rumble, no damage here.
6/07/2012 3:56:42 p.m.
Deb Russell wrote:
we so feed up with this shit, we both want out, but can't, we both have poor health, dont want to go to the hospital cos we scared, what do we do?
6/07/2012 3:52:35 p.m.
Irma Grant wrote:
Time to evac Chch, seriously guys! Enough is e-bloody-nough!!
6/07/2012 3:46:26 p.m.
felt like a short sharp jolt in Timaru, accomponied by a loud rumble.
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