More Aftershocks Hit New Zealand City; Fears Worse to Come

June 16, 2011

Big aftershocks are still shaking the earthquake-weary city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and raising fears of worse to come.

A pair of aftershocks woke many residents about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the larger measuring magnitude-5.0. A smaller cluster hit in the afternoon.

The temblors follow Monday’s 6.0 quake that collapsed more buildings in the city where a devastating magnitude-6.3 quake in February killed 181 people. Thousands of aftershocks have followed that quake.

Scientists say this week’s series of quakes have increased to about 30 percent the likelihood that Christchurch will suffer another devastating quake within the next year.

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