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New Zealand earthquake: ground moved by 11ft

The magnitude 7.1 quake on Friday night in New Zealand was larger than the one that killed 200,000 people in Haiti this year and appeared to have opened a new fault line.
Mark Quigley, a geology professor leading a team investigating the cause of the quake, said: "One side of the earth has lurched to the right."
"We went and saw two houses that were completely snapped in half by the earthquake.”
Much of the centre of Christchurch remained sealed off and under curfew for a second night on Sunday.

More than 500 buildings have been badly damaged. Two men were seriously hurt by falling masonry but there have been no reports of deaths.
Although it was known that the quake was caused by the Pacific and Australian techtonic plates colliding, the existence of the “blind” faultline had come as a surprise, Dr Quigley said.
There had previously been no physical sign of it on the surface.
Gale-force winds tearing at unstable structures were adding to their fears and heavy rain was forecast to compound the misery.
Plans were being drawn up to evacuate residents from the town of Waimakariri, north of Christchurch.
Civil Defence Minister John Carter said stop-banks which provide flood protection to lower lying areas were damaged in the quake, meaning swollen rivers now posed a serious threat to the town.
John Key, the Prime Minister, who grew up in Christchurch, said: “Parts of the city look like they have been put in the tumble dryer and given a darn good shake.
“You can see utter devastation."
Strong aftershocks continued to terrify residents as they struggled to come to terms with the extensive damage suffered by their city.
Many were too frightened to return to their homes as the aftershocks, some of 5 and above on the Richter scale, rattled already weakened buildings.
Civil Defence Minister John Carter said stop banks which provide flood protection to lower lying areas were damaged in the quake, meaning swollen rivers now posed a serious threat to the town.
Many houses in the suburbs of Christchurch were unreachable by their owners, surrounded by a morass of sewage-contaminated mud and sludge.
There were stories of close misses from people astonished that they had survived the ordeal, with one motorist escaping after driving into a 6ft deep hole which suddenly appeared in a suburban road.
One resident, Cam Gordon, said of the quake: “It was like a giant hand had picked up our house and was just shaking it, shaking and shaking.”
A young couple who were being married on the day of the quake went ahead with the ceremony but had to transfer the reception from a restaurant which had been badly damaged to a McDonald’s fast food outlet.
Their wedding photographs were taken against a background of rubble.
Hundreds of thousands of litres of fresh water were being shipped into Christchurch in tankers belonging to the dairy giant Fonterra to relieve shortages caused by burst mains.
A big clean-up has got under way, with bulldozers scooping up the fallen masonry that litters streets.
Damage is estimated to cost billions of dollars and will take years to repair.
The Very Reverend Peter Beck said the gothic-style Anglican cathedral, the city’s best-known landmark, was spared major damage because of earthquake-strengthening by the council.
Natural Disasters in New Zealand: Earthquakes in New Zealand, Tropical Cyclones in New Zealand, 1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake, Cyclone Bola The last major earthquake to strike the South Island, a magnitude 7.8 tremor that hit the sparsely populated Fiordland region on July 16, 2009, moved the southern tip of the country 12 inches closer to Australia.
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