Cliff Collapsed After Strong Earthquake Hits New Zealand

Posted: Feb 14 2016, 11:25am CST | by , Updated: Feb 14 2016, 11:41am CST, in News | Latest Political News

Cliff Collapsed after Strong Earthquake Hits New Zealand
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A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch on Sunday and cause to dislodge a part of cliff in Taylor's Mistake bay

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand on Sunday with so brutal force that it caused to collapse a part of cliff into sea near Christchurch.

The earthquake was centered about 17 kilometers off east coast of Christchurch and felt around in many areas across the country. The quake hit around 1pm local time and lasted 30 seconds. The quake occurred just few days before the anniversary of a deadly one that led to widespread damage across Christchurch in 2011 and took the lives of 185 people.

The quake was one of the largest since 2011 and strong shocks were felt by thousands of people in the city. It also ripped off a cliff near Taylor's Mistake bay and a massive cloud of dust could also be seen after the collapse. No injuries or death have been reported to date.

New Zealand sits on the “Ring of Fire”, an area around Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. So the latest earthquake is not a new thing for local people.

“We've seen plenty of aftershocks located in that area during the earthquake sequence so the location is certainly not a surprise. It's well within the aftershock zone of the Canterbury earthquake sequence.” Wellington-based seismologist Anna Kasier told TVNZ.

A magnitude 4.0 aftershock was also recorded in the evening and experts suggest that it’s highly likely that New Zealand will suffer another strong earthquake in next 12 months or so, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

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