Friday 18 January 2019

Only one dies in NZ after shock miracle

Power has been mostly restored to New Zealand's quake-rattled city of Christchurch, following strong aftershocks that brought down new buildings and caused the death of one nursing home resident.

The latest quakes -- the strongest of which was 6.0 in magnitude -- left tens of thousands without electricity yesterday, on a freezing winter night.

Around 7,000 households are still without power and suppliers are providing generators to fill some of the gap.

Water supplies were also compromised, and Mayor Bob Parker was encouraging people to boil their water.

More than 40 people suffered injuries, most of them minor, in the latest earthquakes.

But the Canterbury District Health Board confirmed that a quake caused the death of one elderly resident of a nursing home, according to a spokeswoman.

Thousands of aftershocks have followed the 6.3-magnitude quake that killed 181 people on February 22.

That tremor and its aftershocks have been very shallow and close to the city, making them very destructive.


Yesterday's quakes sent bricks crashing down in the cordoned-off city centre, where only workers have trodden since it was devastated in February.

The aftershocks worsened the damage to dozens more buildings and caused one of the last buildings standing in downtown to collapse. One house fell off a cliff in the shaking.


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