Anxious: Christchurch quakes again

2011-12-24 00:00

Residents help a driver to free his car from a liquefaction sink hole after a 5.8-magnitude quake struck north of Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday. Nine shakes in three and a half hours, including four of magnitude 5 or more and one of magnitude 6, brought down buildings already damaged by a series of devastating tremors over the past 16 months, cut power, blocked streets with floods of mud and toppled rocks from suburban hillsides. But the people in the New Zealand city, where 181 people died in a magnitude-6.3 shake in February, escaped with only minor injuries, police said. St John Ambulance paramedics reported 150 emergency calls and treated 60 patients — most of them people who were suffering shock or anxiety attacks, according to the Stuff.co.nz news website.

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