Canterbury gets two strong earthquakes in 24 hours

  • 02/03/2017

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake has rocked north Canterbury on Thursday morning, with Geonet describing the intensity as 'severe'. 

The 5.2 shake struck at 8.01am, 20km southwest of Cheviot, and 12km deep.

Within ten minutes, more than 1300 people reported feeling the quake on Geonet.

Canterbury was also rattled by two sizeable earthquake between early Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

A "strong" 4.7-magnitude jolt struck 20km southwest of Cheviot at a depth of 9km just after 5.15am on Thursday, Geonet says.

Nearly 500 Cantabrians reported feeling it, although most felt it as a light tremor.

On Wednesday morning a 4.8-magnitude quake struck the same area and there have been a number of smaller jolts since.

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