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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Day Quakes and Aftershocks

Just when we thought everything is gonna be OK, a day after Christmas (a.k.a. Boxing Day), the earthquake came rolling back. People and even the media called it "aftershocks" when it supposed to be entirely new quakes with small aftershocks that followed. These quakes are part of the Earthquake Swarm event that commenced last September 4, 2010. Some of the quakes and so-called aftershocks that followed then were not even from the same faultline.

There is a possibility that the Boxing Day Canterbury quakes were reactions to the magnitude 7.3 Earthquake off the coast of Vanuatu. The Vanuatu quake might have re-awakened the loosened and sensitive faultlines in the South Island of New Zealand. Although, both may not be related at all since if the quake in Vanuatu felt as far as Canterbury then it should have cause tsunami in Vanuatu and nearby island countries.

Anyway, let us not forget that Boxing Day was also the anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Maybe the quake here was a reminder about what happened six years ago or its God's way to remind people that they are not celebrating Christmas the right way. 

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2 comments:

  1. Desire a wonderful Christmas all the best to you, my dear friend, your family and your readers. Thank you for giving support. Carlos from Brazil

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  2. Thanks buddy, belated Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

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