South New Zealand has been hit by another aftershock measuring 5.0 magnitude, six weeks after a 7.1 caused widespread damage in Christchurch. The quake was located 10km southwest of Christchurch, at a focal depth of 9km.
The severe aftershock disrupted power, sent stock tumbling from shelves, and forced the evacuation of some buildings in the city centre today. There were reports of bricks falling off buildings in the Christchurch city centre.
The past six weeks of shaking are taking their toll on many, in particular the elderly and those living alone.
“The past six weeks of shaking are taking their toll on many, in particular the elderly and those living alone. Some report that they cannot sleep, others that they are wits end,” says Pastor Craig Gillis, president of South New Zealand Conference.
“One of my ministers reported to me this morning that his wife and children are afraid to sleep alone, so the whole family is sleeping in one room together.”
“Some of our church members feel they are in a state of limbo as they await engineer and geological reports that will determine whether or not their homes are to be demolished or repaired.”
Power and communications was cut to 10,000 customers for about 15 minutes. A shopping mall was evacuated after shops suffered damage to stock, according to the report.
Planes were grounded at Christchurch Airport, and those in the air were in holding patterns while engineers checked the runways for damage. About 300 workers were evacuated from a construction site at the airport.
Pastor Gillis requests your prayers for the people of Christchurch. He says this time of shaking might ultimately lead many to a belief in God’s word in preparation for His soon coming.