Sharp series of aftershocks strike New Zealand

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 7, 2010 09:43

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — A sharp series of about 20 aftershocks rattled New Zealand's earthquake-hit city of Christchurch overnight, and earthquake experts warned Tuesday that another powerful temblor might hammer the region in coming days.

The weekend's powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake smashed buildings and homes, wrecked roads and disrupted the central city, though nobody was killed and only two people were seriously injured — which authorities attributed to good building codes and the quake's early-morning timing.

"It was as strong as the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, which caused widespread devastation and is estimated to have killed approximately 230,000 people," Prime Minister John Key said Tuesday. "Although no one lost their life ... families have been traumatized and lost their valued possessions."


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