‘Moderate’ Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake abruptly strikes Christchurch

‘Moderate’ Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake abruptly strikes Christchurch

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GeoNet reports that a magnitude 3.9 earthquake shook the majority of Christchurch and surrounding areas during the afternoon of Wednesday at 1.49pm.

The quake occurred at a depth of 7 km and struck about 5 km south-west of the city.

Thousands of residents reported feeling it as being a ‘moderate’ shake.


Around 10,200 felt reports were submitted as of 2.09pm. Of those: 1,663 were weak, 5,563 were light and 2,698 were reported as moderate.

A smaller number of felt reports indicated it was strong at 245, severe at 6 and extreme at 17.

In a statement, GeoNet says: “This is the second moderate earthquake for Christchurch this week and while they might have people feeling unsettled, quakes of this size are typical of Canterbury seismicity.”

“There have been 37 M3+ quakes in the area in the past two years, and each is a reminder to be EQ ready.”

Source: CC/ GeoNet

GeoNet released a statement on Monday following recent state of emergency flooding and drastic weather conditions — on top of a staggering shake that many thousands reported feeling

“A tough day for Cantabrians with severe weather and now a shallow M4.2 earthquake off the coast of Christchurch.”

“The quake was felt across the Canterbury region and we have received over 7,000 felt reports. Stay safe and dry.”

Image: SUPPLIED/GeoNet

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