Current Affairs


  1. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand triggered landslips and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.
  2. The magnitude 7.8 quake opened up snaking fissures on roads and sparked landslips near the epicenter.
  3. The quake caused damage in Wellington, the capital, more than 200 kilometers to the north. It was also strongly felt to the south in the city of Christchurch, which was devastated by an earthquake in 2011 that killed 185 people.
  4. Officials had decided not to declare a national emergency because the nation’s regions were able to adequately cope with the situation.
  5.  New Zealand, with a population of 4.7 million, sits on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common.
  6.  Monday’s quake brought back memories of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Christchurch in 2011 and destroyed much of downtown area. That quake was New Zealand’s worst disasters, causing an estimated $25 billion in damage.
  7.  This quake was stronger but its epicenter was deeper and much farther from major urban areas. Location, depth and other factors beyond magnitude all contribute to the destructive power of an earthquake.