December 23rd, 2011
12:53 AM ET

String of quakes rattles New Zealand city of Christchurch

(CNN) - A series of earthquakes struck New Zealand near the city of Christchurch on Friday, causing damage and disruption in an area still recovering from a powerful quake in February.

The tremors have injured at least two people and resulted in the closure of the Christchurch airport, said Vince Cholewa, spokesman for the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. He added that he did not have any information about the severity of the people's injuries at the moment.

The first quake, with an epicenter 26 kilometers (16 miles) east-northeast of Christchurch, took place just before 2 p.m. Friday (8 p.m. Thursday, EST) at a depth of 4.7 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A smaller, 5.3-magnitude temblor followed eight minutes later.

The emergency services began responding, offices closed and people filed out of buildings. Fallen rocks created problems for traffic.

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  1. rooney

    I wish the injured people and everyone in Christchurch a full recovery. At least there haven't been any deaths reported and hopefully there won't be any.

    December 23, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Corin

    This is God's Holy Judgment on those people for using their religion against other people. God is angry!

    December 23, 2011 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nick Cp

    @Corin, i live in Christchurch if god is angry why did he destroy 90% of the church's in our city? Get a life aye

    December 23, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Corin

      How dare you question God's Holy Judgement! God is angry! Don't you think he's allowed to destroy 90% of your churches for violating other people's rights and profaning their religion by using it as a weapon? Be glad it wasn't every single one of you! He is Merciful and He let you live this day! You debase your religion and expect to get away with it?
      Don't you believe God did this earthquake? And what's the worst stuff those people were doing? Yep. They were profaning their religion by using it to hurt other people. Those other people are also God's Children. So God is angry now. They'll get another earthquake because they won't stop what they're doing, too! Very predictable, those people.
      (but really I was just joking. It's a parody. laugh.)

      December 23, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick Cp

      No i dontnot believe god caused the earthquake no i do not believe god caused any earthquake any where let alone any natural disaster. Isnt god mean to be a lovely forgiving thing not a ass hole who kills people while terrorizing others?

      December 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. frank papai

    I hope my son is OK!

    December 23, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. michael

    God doesn't have any inherence on natural disasters, accidents caused by drunk drivers, old and/or poorly constructed buildings (inc churches). Man has a Concience and has enough guidelines in life and thru history as to know acts of good or evil to his fellow men.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. wcus445

    The same thing is happening in Ohio, but people blame fracking (hydraulic fracturing) being used to obtain oil and natural gas. It is typical that people want to jump to conclusions about what causes anything. It is hard to find a scapegoat in New Zealand. So, God is the logical explanation when no other explanation is handy. Can't blame Allah because Muslims would throw their usual tantrums.

    January 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |