More aftershocks hit Christchurch

2011-06-15 09:32

Big aftershocks are continuing to hit the earthquake-weary city of Christchurch, raising fears that the worst could be on the way.

A pair of aftershocks woke residents at about 6.30am yesterday, with the larger measuring 5.0-magnitude.

In the afternoon, a second smaller cluster hit.

The two temblors follow Monday’s 6.0-magnitude quake that caused some more buildings in the city to collapse.

The city is still recovering from a devastating 6.3-magnitude quake in February that killed 181 people and shut down much of the inner city.

Since then, residents have suffered through thousands of aftershocks.

Scientists say this week’s series of quakes have increased to about 30% the likelihood that Christchurch will suffer another devastating quake within the next year.

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