(Best Syndication News) Three major earthquakes shook near Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, December 23, 2011 with another 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurring during the morning on Christmas Eve day. The recent activity included 5.0, 4.8, 5.9, 5.8, and 5.3 magnitude tremors that all clustered within the two days. There was a total of 7 earthquakes in this area over the last two days.
Early into December 24, 2011 at 6:37:30 AM local time, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled 13 miles east–southeast of Christchurch according the US Geological Survey (USGS).
On December 23, a major tremor occurred at 3:18:02 PM at the epicenter. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred 9 miles East-Northeast of Christchurch, New Zealand. The exact location reported by the USGS was 43.491°S, 172.844°E. The earthquake epicenter was at a depth of 3 miles. Residents in near Christchurch reported to the USGS as being a strong to very strong shaking with light to moderate damage.