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Christchurch struck by aftershocks

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Christchurch struck by aftershocks


In New Zealand a series of powerful tremors have shaken the city of Christchurch. In February 181 people died after a strong earthquake caused buildings to collapse.

Workers were moved out of office buildings as people feared a repeat on the scale the quake four months ago.

“It’s just really tiring”, said one woman. “I think it’s exhausting. You sit here in town and you wonder if the house is standing.”

Another woman said she is thinking about moving away to live somewhere else.

“We can’t bring up our kids in an atmosphere where they’re frightened to go home, to go out to be with their friends”.

There was damage to infrastructure, burst water mains and cracks in roads. Power was cut to around 10 000 homes.

Parts of the city have been closed to the public since the February quake and one of the city’s tallest buildings has been declared unsafe and has been scheduled for demolition.

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