A 5.7 magnitude of quake has shaken the Christchurch beach suburb of Sumner. The quake hit shortly after 1pm on Sunday and initially recorded 5.9 magnitude. Aftershocks still persist in the city with a 3.5 magnitude quake.
The quake shook 15km east of Christchurch and was 31km deep. People in Palmerston North and as far south as Dunedin felt the turbulence. It was centred to the east to quake sequences since the Darfield quake devastated Christchurch.
No casualties have been reported. Nearby roads to the beach and across the popular Taylors Mistake surf will remain open.
The beach authorities checked if there were walkers who had been suppressed under the wreckage. There are no serious injuries due to the fall of rubble, said a spokesperson for Sumner Surf Life Saving Club.
The sudden quake freaked out boaties and nearby walkers. NZ Transport Agency has advised drivers not to drive around the area. Christchurch and Burwood hospitals will remain open.
Adam Bull, 19, was hanging out with his friends and suddenly felt a tremor.”All of a sudden the bars start shaking and we hear this massive bang on the container. It sounded like someone was running on top of it and all of a sudden this dust just swept straight across the road,” he said.
“We looked up and just saw all these rocks just coming down so we biked as fast as we can out of there and stopped at the end, looked back and the rest of the cliff at the other end of Sumner was coming down.It was just mental.” said Bull in a report by Stuff.co.in.
On February 22, 2011, Sumner was rocked by a 6.3 magnitude quake, which claimed three lives. In total the city reported 185 deaths.
Civil defence has confirmed zero threats of tsunami. A number of people had slipped into the quake depression, but there were no serious injuries, said St John ambulance.
Shopping complexes and educational buildings were evacuated right after the shake.
Around 500 homes lost power in northeast Christchurch and Piper Valley on Banks Peninsula. The figure has come to 190 now, according to a report by Sky News.
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