Christchurch New Zealand Earthquake Oct 19: 4.7 Aftershock (Map)
Canterbury New Zealand Was Struck by a 4.7 Magnitude Aftershock on Tuesday October 19
The aftershock struck at only 5.6 miles deep, and some residents reported feeling shaking for between 15 and 20 seconds. It hit at 11:32 am, and some businesses and buildings in the downtown area had to be evacuated for safety reasons.
It was located about 10 km southwest of Christchurch and about 315 km southwest of Wellington.
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A smaller 3.7 earthquake followed the first at 11:41 am, also at a depth of 5 km, located about 10 km east of Diamond Harbor.
Police said Westfield Riccarton was evacuated after reports some roofing had collapsed. Newstalk ZB said some people had been injured after items fell off shelves.
The power went out for about 15 minutes in parts of the CBD, Heathcotte and Sockburn and even Christchurch Hospital had to run on emergency generators.
According to the NZ Herald News, there has been some heavy damage reported in Beckenham and Ilam with some phone services down as well.
Flights at Christchurch Airport were halted on the ground or in the air, while ground crews checked for runway damage, but they should be back to normal scheduling soon. Lyttelton Tunnell has also been temporarily closed while it is checked for damage.
This large aftershock comes over a month after the region experienced a massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake on September 4. Some regions are still rebuilding their community due to such widespread damage and smaller aftershocks are not uncommon, but this earthquake may have caused more destruction.