December 22nd, 2011
08:37 PM ET

5.8-magnitude quake hits New Zealand

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Amazing! It's been months since there was an earthquake anywhere...maybe years.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bazoing

      Actually there are earth quakes somewhere every day and that is nothing new. However, they are newsworthy when they are located where they cause damage. See:
      http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/

      December 23, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tcr c2

    I was in lima peru when the last one hit down there and it was scary i dont like earth quakes! Hope everybody is ok in new zealand i wish them the best

    December 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nummie

    We're all gonna die!!!

    December 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bazoing

      Guaranteed by biology.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    It's the end of the world! Repent and be saved! Jesus lives...

    December 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • beelzebub

      LMFAO

      December 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lucidguy

    Another one? What's up with that place? One morning we'll just hear Christchurch has sunk into the ocean.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bazoing

      Unfortunately New Zealand is tectonically active, and terrible things are quite possible.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. bulbasaur

    merry christmas!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kapini

    I didn't know they do fracking down there! Stop the madness people

    December 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      You're absolutely kidding me, right? You think FRACKING caused a 5.8?
      Talk to a geologist and get your facts straight.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Johnny Five

    Earthquakes are so racist.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 99

    ludacris, earth is mad.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. clearfog

    Clearly Obushma's fault.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Worried Mom

    Daughter is in CC NZ, anyone with more update info pls. Praying.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • In Chch

      We also had a 6.0 about 1 1/2 hours after the 5.8. There doesn't seem to be any major injuries – I don't know if you have been able to reach your daughter but power is out for approx.15,000 homes and cell service is overloaded, so if you can't reach her, that's probably why. The only way we can get through to someone who's power is out is to text them if they have a cell phone. If you want to get info on what's going on here in chch this is a pretty good site.
      http://tvnz.co.nz/
      Hope all is well for your daughter.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Waterboard Tickle Me Elmo

    Elmo was in Aukland and didn't feel anything.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jayden

    That is like 9300 Quakes since September last year... Good Times here in Canterbury.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Corin

    This is because they angered the earthquake gods!
    I was going to tell them but the gods stopped me somehow. It must be magic.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marty

    Don't let the statistics fool you. We aren't having more earthquakes than before.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
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