WELLINGTON, New Zealand – On Friday, a strong earthquake shook the city of Christchurch New Zealand, , shaking the products on the shelves and pushing customers to flee in panic shopping. No tsunami warning Tide has been issued and the city seems to have escaped damage.
One person was injured in a mall and was taken to hospital, police said in Christchurch in a statement. However, there were no immediate reports alleging serious injuries or widespread damage in the city, still recovering from the devastating earthquake that killed 182 people and destroyed much of downtown.
The 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Friday afternoon at 26 km north of Chrischurch at a depth of 4 kilometers, said the United States Geological Survey. The Center for the Pacific tsunami warning has not issued an alert.
The airport of the city was evacuated and all the shopping centers were closed as a precaution.
Warwick Isaacs, the head of the demolition Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Autority, said that most buildings were evacuated “as a safety measure.” The region has recorded more than 7000 earthquakes from the earthquake of magnitude 7 that hit the city September 4, 2010.
Rock falls were recorded in one place and there have been several reported cases of liquefaction – when an earthquake circulated water in soft ground – Mr. Isaacs told national radio.
For one, his main concern for employees engaged in demolishing the buildings destroyed by previous earthquakes.