Extremely dangerous M7.8 earthquake hit near Christchurch, New Zealand

Extremely dangerous M7.8 earthquake hit near Christchurch, New ZealandA major earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.8 hit near Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand at 11:02 UTC on November 13, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). New Zealand’s GEONET is reporting M7.5 at a depth of 16 km (9.9 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued. “People near the eastern coast of the South Island should immediately move to high ground or inland as far as possible,” New Zealand’s MCDEM said.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 53.8 km (33.5 miles) NE of Amberley (population 1 105), 77.6 km (48.2 miles) NNE of Kaiapoi (population 10 200), and 93 km (57.8 miles) NE of Christchurch (population 363 926), New Zealand.
This was a very complex earthquake that occurred both on land and at sea which is making it difficult to analyze.
There are 400 214 people living within 100 km (62 miles). About 10 000 people are living within 50 km (31 miles).
EMSC estimated there are 3.2 million people in the felt area….. [read more]

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