New Zealand Earthquake 2010: Christchurch on Alert For Another
The Cleanup After the New Zealand Earthquake on September 3 2010 is Ongoing, But Residents of Christchurch and the Canterbury Region Are On Alert for Another Big Earthquake
The Age reports that after a powerful aftershock of 5.2 and about 20 others hit the North Island of New Zealand on Monday, residents affected by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake last Saturday are on high alert for another earthquake to strike.
Christchurch remains in a state of emergency and most of the city is still closed down as buildings are too unstable, but experts are warning that another powerful earthquake might hit in the next few days. It could be as powerful as a magnitude 6.
More than 100 aftershocks, ranging from magnitude 3.2 to 5.4, have rocked the region since Saturday's quake.
No one was killed in the powerful earthquake last week, but many have lost their homes and possessions and it is not known when lives might even begin getting back to normal.
"It was as strong as the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, which caused widespread devastation and is estimated to have killed approximately 230,000 people," Prime Minister John Key said Tuesday. "Although no one lost their life ... families have been traumatized and lost their valued possessions."
The New Zealand government have announced that they will pay about 90 percent of the costs related to the earthquakes, estimated to be in the millions of dollars range.
The powerful earthquake struck at about 4:35am on Saturday morning; many people lost power and there was a risk of flooding as water and sewer pipes burst. The AP reports that about 100,000 of the region's 160,000 homes were damaged.
If you use Google Earth you can use their program to get a visual of the earthquakes.
Flickr has also set up a page with some user-generated photos.