New Zealand had turned down offers of support from the US military, based in Hawaii, and the UN he said. This was met with surprise, [Civil Defence head John Hamilton] said.
"Jenni Carter, the vicar at the century-old St John's Anglican Church, was almost thrown out of her bed by the violence of the quake.
She raced out of her cottage to find that the church, near the epicentre of the quake, 30km west of Christchurch, had lost its spire.
“It was obvious that the church was stuffed as soon as I saw it,” Ms Carter told The Australian."
Canterbury University geology professor Mark Quigley said what “looks to us that it could be a new fault” had ripped across the ground and pushed some surface areas up. The quake was caused by the ongoing collision between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, said Mr. Quigley, who is leading a team trying to pin down the source of the quake.
“One side of the earth has lurched to the right ... up to 3.5 meters and in some places been thrust up,” Mr. Quigley told National Radio.
Mark Quigley of New Zealand's Canterbury University said an area of the fault plain in rural Canterbury ruptured and caused the quake.
He told Radio New Zealand on Sunday that one side of the earth had basically lurched to the right about 3.5 meters, breaking roads apart and snapping at least two houses in half.
Quigley said no-one knew the fault was there before the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km at 4.35 a.m. on Saturday (1635 GMT Friday), as there had been no physical sign on the surface.
He said that means it's either a new fault, or at least, the first time a quake has punched through to the surface.
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