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Seen from space: the Christchurch earthquake

A shocking new satellite image shows the power of the earthquake that rocked New Zealand last month.

THE MAGNITUDE 6.3 earthquake that rocked New Zealand on February 22 has been captured on satellite imagery.

The image shows that the epicentre of the tremor – which is now believed to have been an aftershock from a magnitude 7.1 quake that happened last September – occurred right under the city’s south-east suburbs.

The UK-based Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes (COMET) used data captured by the Japanese Also spacecraft to create the image, which will be studied by scientists to get a better understanding of future earthquake risks in the area.

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