Christchurch is rattled by 3.9 magnitude earthquake days after monsoon rainfall flooded the city


Christchurch is rattled by 3.9 magnitude earthquake days after monsoonal rainfall flooded the city

  • The 3.9 magnitude earthquake was felt by 10,000 people 
  • Epicentre was just five kilometres south-west of the South Island’s biggest city
  • The earthquake comes after severe rainfall flooded Canterbury










Christchurch has been rattled by a earthquake just days after severe rainfall flooded Canterbury.

At just 3.9 magnitude, the quake just after lunch on Wednesday was minor in strength.

The epicentre was just five kilometres south-west of Christchurch, the South Island’s biggest city.

The depth was just seven kilometres below the surface which meant it was felt by many locals.

The quake was just five kilometres south-west of Christchurch, the South Island's biggest city

The quake was just five kilometres south-west of Christchurch, the South Island’s biggest city

‘Boom! That was quite the shake in Christchurch, with a long rattling tail,’ Mike Yardley said on Twitter.

More than 10,000 people reported feeling the earthquake to monitoring agency GeoNet.

A road closed sign due to nearby flooding is pictured in the Burnham area of Canterbury province, southwest of the city of Christchurch, on May 31

A road closed sign due to nearby flooding is pictured in the Burnham area of Canterbury province, southwest of the city of Christchurch, on May 31

Christchurch is Canterbury’s biggest city with 383,200 residents and no stranger to earthquakes.

A 4.2 jolt, epicentred in the opposite direction of the city to the north-east, on Monday night. 

Christchurch was also hit with 6.3 magnitude quake on February 22, 2011 which killed 182 people and flattened large areas of the city.

More recently, hundreds of residents across Canterbury have been forced to abandon their homes as torrential rain lashes the region. 

Rivers burst their banks as a weather system dumped 400mm of rain in two days, an amount meteorologists said exceeded the entire rainfall so far this year in some areas.

A farm house and buildings are surrounded by flood waters in Canterbury, New Zealand, Monday, May 31, 2021

A farm house and buildings are surrounded by flood waters in Canterbury, New Zealand, Monday, May 31, 2021

About 300 homes had to be evacuated, with civil defence authorities establishing shelters in schools and sports centres. 

The New Zealand Defence Force said one of its helicopters rescued three people at Ashburton, near Christchurch, plucking one man from a tree and an elderly couple from the roof of a car. 



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