AFTERSHOCKS DAMAGE BUILDINGS IN CHRISTCHURCH

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Misfortune revisits seven weeks after major quake

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 26, 2010) – Twenty buildings have been damaged and a cordon is in place after a series of aftershocks in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

The tremors come nearly four months after the area's big earthquake in September, which caused extensive damage.

[PIR editor’s note: A major earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale did extensive property damage in Christchurch on Sept. 4, 2010. ]

The biggest aftershock was a magnitude four point nine which occured directly under the city's central business district.

Inspector Derek Erasmus says it forced the closure of one of the city's busiest shopping malls

"Obviously the retailers had a major day planned for today with the Boxing Day sales, especially to make up after the last few months of lower trade as a result of the main earthquake, unfortunately this 10.30 earthquake has meant that one of the main shopping streets in Christchurch has been shut and is still shut and we're just waiting to see how safe that it for when we can reopen it and the engineers will let us know that."

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