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article imageVideo: New Zealand cliffs collapse in Christchurch earthquake

By Karen Graham     Feb 15, 2016 in World
Christchurch - Almost five years to the day after a devastating earthquake in 2011 killed 185 people, New Zealanders experienced a 5.7 magnitude quake on Saturday that struck with such force it caused a cliff to collapse.
The earthquake that struck New Zealand on Saturday was strong enough to toss plates out of cupboards and goods off store shelves, but thankfully, no one was killed.
The 5.7 magnitude quake was centered offshore about 31 kilometers (19 miles) deep and 15 kilometers (9.0 miles) east of Christchurch – was felt around the South Island, as well as Wellington. According to Digital Journal on Feb. 13, GeoNet Science, the official New Zealand earthquake monitoring service, warned of aftershocks following the "severe intensity" quake.
The quake struck shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday, local time, just one day after Prime Minister John Key's visit to Christchurch, the city he had grown up in, and just eight days before the fifth anniversary of the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake that killed 185 people.
The Catholic Cathedral in that was damaged in the February 22  2011 earthquake is pictured in Christ...
The Catholic Cathedral in that was damaged in the February 22, 2011 earthquake is pictured in Christchurch on February 24, 2012, a year after a 6.3 quake hit the New Zealand city
Marty Melville, AFP/File
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting Mr. Key said it was good news that there was no loss of life, and that structures were built stronger than they were five years ago. However, he warned that the quake was not a new event, and was linked to previous seismic activity.
Without a doubt, the most significant event to come out of the earthquake was the collapse of cliffs at Whitewash Heads, Sumner, and also on Wakefield Avenue. Mayor Lianne Dalziel said there was damage throughout the city, and power had been disrupted but reiterated that infrastructure had held up well, reported CNN affiliate TVNZ.
Cliffs collapsing following earthquake in New Zealand.
Cliffs collapsing following earthquake in New Zealand.
Emma Russell and her boyfriend were about 159 feet away from a rockfall when the they heard the cliffs collapsing. "You just heard all the cliffs give way around us," they told reporters. A group of people exploring a cave below the cliff face felt the rumbling and ran for their lives.
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