Christchurch aftershocks : Know what to do before, during and after

Below we publish The New Zealand Government preparedness measures for earthquakes.
In the event of a major aftershock, people should read these measures again and again. They can save your life.
These preparedness measures also apply for the entire world. There is no difference in between an earthquake in New Zealand or Japanese.

You can take some simple steps to reduce the danger to yourself,  your family, and property when earthquakes occur.

1. Before an earthquake

• Identify safe places very close to you at home, school or workplace, such as under a sturdy table, or next to an interior wall.
• Develop a Household Emergency Plan and have emergency survival items so that you can cope on your own for at least three days
• Protect property – secure objects and your homes and keep insurance up to date

2. During an earthquake

• Move no more than a few steps to a safe place, drop, cover, and hold on.
• Do not attempt to run outside
• If outside, move no more than a few steps to a safe place, drop, cover, and hold
• If in a lift, stop at the nearest floor and get out
• If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops

Prepare for an earthquake

3. After an earthquake

• Expect aftershocks and help those around you if you can
• Report injuries or fires to the emergency services (dial 111).
• Put out small fires. Evacuate the building if the fires cannot be controlled.
• Listen to the radio for advice and information.
• If your property is damaged, take notes or photos for the loss adjustor.
• Do not go sightseeing and stay out of damaged buildings

Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake : 15 aftershocks (M 3.0 or greater) since this morning 8 AM

Christchurch Earthquake  -  St Albans

Image by annzstream via Flickr

A lot more aftershocks since this morning.

Although scary for the local people, the Magnitudes were very moderate.
Since 8 AM this morning (local time) at least 15 aftershocks of a magnitude greater than 3.0 have been registered.
5 of the shocks had magnitudes in between 4.0 and 4.5

Check our LIVE AFTERSHOCKS PAGE for more information.

Other pages we published on this earthquake (most recent are ranked above)

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New Zealand earthquake : the best video’s of the earthquake

New Zealand Christchurch hit by a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake (part 2)

Helicopter footage of the Christchurch earthquake damage

Powerful aftershock rattles Christchurch and Canterbury, New Zealand

Understanding the massive 7.0 Christchurch Earthquake

New Zealand Christchurch hit by a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake

Understanding the massive 7.0 Christchurch Earthquake

The September 3, 2010 South Island, New Zealand earthquake occurred as a result of strike-slip faulting within the crust of the Pacific plate, near the eastern foothills of the Southern Alps at the western edge of the Canterbury Plains.
The earthquake struck approximately 50 km to the west-northwest of Christchurch, the largest population center in the region, and about 80-90 km to the south and east of the current expression of the Australia:Pacific plate boundary through the island (the Alpine and Hope Faults).

The earthquake, though removed from the plate boundary itself, likely reflects right-lateral motion on one of a number of regional faults related to the overall relative motion of these plates and may be related to the overall southern propagation of the Marlborough fault system in recent geologic time.

Today’s earthquake occurred approximately 50 km to the southeast of a M7.1, surface-rupturing event in Authur’s Pass, on March 9th, 1929, which caused 17 fatalities. More recently, two earthquakes of M6.7 and M5.9 occurred in June 1994 approximately 40 km to the northwest of today’s event, but did not cause any known fatalities or significant damage.

Earthquakes list September 3, 2010

M 5.0      2010/09/03 22:12   Depth 93.8 km     SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
Deep quake quite close to San Martin and San Juan, but because of the depth not damaging

M 5.3      2010/09/03 21:15   Depth 66.4 km     HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
Moderate earthquake near the coast of Kushiro

M 4.8      2010/09/03 20:00   Depth 61.9 km     MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
Aftershock – same area as the preceding weeks

M 4.9      2010/09/03 19:57   Depth 45.6 km     MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
Aftershock – same area as the preceding weeks

M 5.6      2010/09/03 17:06   Depth 61.2 km     SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Quit deep and probably not damaging. Detailed report

M 5.7      2010/09/03 16:53   Depth 17.4 km     SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Powerful aftershock

M 7.0      2010/09/03 16:35   Depth 12.0 km     SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Massive earthquake, please read all in our extensive reporting

6.3      2010/09/03 11:16   Depth 50.8 km     ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
See extensive report by clicking on this link

M 4.9      2010/09/03 10:58   Depth 286.3 km FLORES SEA
Very deep in the earth’s mantle. No problem.

M 5.1      2010/09/03 04:19   Depth 10.0 km     MID-INDIAN RIDGE
In the middle of the Indian Ocean

M 4.3      2010/09/03 04:13   Depth 458.2 km     SEA OF OKHOTSK
Very, very deep moderate earthquake near Kamchatka

M 5.0      2010/09/03 04:00   Depth 35.0 km     VANUATU
Serious aftershock almost on the beaches of Efate and a short distance from Port-Vila

M 4.5      2010/09/03 02:32   Depth 35.0 km     SOUTH OF ALASKA
Moderate earthquake right on the subduction ridge of the volcano arc

M 5.0      2010/09/03 02:29   Depth 47.7 km     NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Moderate aftershock in the wilderness of New Britain island

Useful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity. The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, also called GMT)
The page is regularly updated to add new earthquakes.
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

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Christchurch massive earthquake : damage far greater than initially admitted

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