Daily Archives: February 23, 2011

Quake: New Zealand and the Hikurangi Trough

The strong and very shallow quake was located at 43.59S and 172.71E, or about three miles north northwest of Christchurch. The depth of the focus was estimated to be only about 3 miles deep. Strong seismic aftershocks between 4.5 and 5.5 on the Richter Scale will likely occur over the next two to three weeks as the initial break in the Earth’s crust slowly reaches equilibrium. Buildings already weakened by the initial strong quake could collapse with those additional strong aftershocks.

Snow in the North…Severe in the South

The weather has been fairly quiet across the central and eastern half of the country the past few days but that’s all about to change, starting today. An upper level disturbance will approach the Plains later today and collide with warm, moist Gulf air with showers and thunderstorms developing across the region. Conditions will be […]