Quake 'small but violent' in hills

Last updated 12:25 05/12/2013
Takahe 3.4 quake

SHAKEN UP: This Geonet map shows the shallow quake as a red star just below the Sign of the Takahe on Cashmere Hill.

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A moderate earthquake has shaken Christchurch's hillside residents.


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GeoNet described the 11am shake as a "moderate" magnitude-3.3 quake, centred 5 kilometres deep near the Sign of the Takahe on the Port Hills.

The quake was initially recorded as magnitude-3.4, but was later downgraded slightly.

Hinge Evadne said the quake was "quite a nasty one" for the magnitude. "It was very loud and jumpy."

Evadne said aftershocks were "pretty horrible" on Cashmere Hill, even when they were small. "One definitely feels the difference when on the rock."

A "rattled" Huntsbury resident said it felt "quite violent".

Mike Yardley quickly posted on Facebook: "Boom . . . very short, sharp shake here in Huntsbury".

Davena Shields said it was "definitely scary" in a post on The Press's Facebook page.

"Biggest I've felt in a while, everything rattled loudly in the cupboards. Whole house jolted up adn down several times."

Donna Pearce said it was "loud and scary" and she was "ready to jump under my desk in Ensors Rd".

Deon Swiggs, near the stadium, said he felt the "jump rattle and roll". "I thought Santa was trying to jump out of the Christmas tree."

While some felt nothing, others as far away as the city centre and airport felt the jolt.

Louise Lockie felt the shake while working at the Spreydon Library by Barrington Mall. "Short but sharp."

The GeoNet website received more than 200 "felt reports" within 10 minutes of the shake.

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