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14 WORLD MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Cliffs crumble as another tremor rocks Christchurch QUAKE DUST-UP CHRISTCHURCH: Experts have warned of aftershocks following a severe magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck the New Zealand city almost five years after a deadly tremor devastated the region. GeoNet Science, the official earthquake monitoring service, said there could be more seismic activity around Christchurch after the intense quake. A police spokesman said that there were no reports of damage or major injuries, although the tremor did cause some major rocks to be dislodged into the sea and dust to rise from the cliffs in nearby Sumner. Several buildings were evacuated as a precaution. The quake struck a week before the fifth anniversary of a deadly magnitude 6.3 tremor, which killed 185 people and caused billions of dollars of damage in one of New Zealands deadliest disasters. GeoNet said the epicentre of the latest earthquake was 15km east of the city, at a depth of 15km. Spokeswoman Caroline Little said the earthquake was not large enough to cause a tsunami. She said that with such tremors people and ani that the organisation had not received reports of serious injuries or damage, but a number of people had fallen. Jenny Krex, manager of a coffee shop in Sumner, said the tremors caused some items to break. Everyone got a big fright, we had everyone running out, she said. It was quite a big shock. Its crazy out here at the moment. mals are alarmed, and many run outside. Walking steadily is difficult objects fall from walls and shelves. New Zealand is on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form part of the socalled Ring of Fire. The country experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year. St John Ambulance said INTENSE: Dust falls from cliffs near Sumner yesterday; a seismogram of the latest quake. Picture: Rob Simcic the cars, the Government said in a posting on its social media account. The elephant did not hurt any of the excited tourists who had crowded the area during 116 bodies pulled from ruins week after shock RESCUERS have pulled out 116 dead a week since a powerful earthquake struck Taiwans oldest city of Tainan, leaving only one missing in the rubble of a collapsed 17-storey residential complex. All but two of the dead were found at the ruins of the Weiguan Golden Dragon complex, which toppled when the 6.4magnitude earthquake struck just ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. A total of 327 people in the building survived. According to Taiwans Interior Ministry, workers extracted scores more bodies on Friday and Saturday morning. One person is still unaccounted for. Authorities have detained the buildings developer Lin Ming-hui and two architects on suspicion of negligent homicide, amid accusations his firm cut corners in the construction. Tainan city officials say they will inspect several dozen other developments built by Lin, as well as other buildings in the Weiguan compound that did not collapse. Earthquakes frequently strike Taiwan but usually cause little or no damage, particularly since more stringent building regulations were introduced after a 1999 quake. Oklahoma gets case of shakes OKLAHOMA CITY: Oklahoma has been struck by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake, the third-strongest quake ever recorded in the state, which has experienced a surge in seismic activity in recent years. The US Geological Survey reported the quake was followed by several aftershocks over 90 minutes, including one with a magnitude of 3.9. The first quake was felt from Kansas City, Missouri, to Dallas, Texas, but no damage or injuries were reported. The state has been recording an average of two earthquakes a day of magnitude 3 or greater a rate 600 times greater than observed before 2008, the Oklahoma Geological Survey said in a report last year. E a r t h q u a k e t r a c k . c o m records there have been nine earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater today, 36 over the past seven days, 179 in the past month and 3400 over the past year. Oilfields have boomed in the past decade due to advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and seismologists say the states frequent earthquakes may be linked to disposal wells that inject saltwater, a natural byproduct of oil and gas work, into deep underground caverns. Lovesick elephants stop traffic AFTER losing out on his love interest, a wild elephant has turned his attention to cars. The elephant wandered out of a nature reserve in southern China on Friday following a failed courtship and started playing with cars parked along a highway, slightly damaging more than a dozen vehicles, authorities said. The Government of Xishuangbanna prefecture said that the animal had recently lost to another male elephant in a battle for the affections of a female, and his temperament was moody. Staff at the nature reserve thought the animal might have become playful at the sight of the Lunar New Year holiday and after about 20 minutes before he returned to the nature reserve. The owners of the 15 cars that were damaged by the elephant will be compensated, the Government said. The incident came a few days after an elephant ran amok through an East Indian town, trampling parked cars and motorbikes. The elephant had wandered from the Baikunthapur forest, before entering the town of Siliguri in West Bengal state. 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