Cliff collapses after earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand with such force, it caused part of a cliff to collapse. About 150,000 to 200,000 people felt strong or very strong shaking, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said. The quake was centered about 17 kilometers (10 miles) east of Christchurch, which suffered a catastrophic temblor in 2011 that killed at least 185 people. Almost exactly five years later, the quake Sunday caused a cliff to crumble near Taylor’s Mistake bay.

Parts of the cliff retreated 5 meters (16 feet), geotechnical engineer Jan Kupec Linz told CNN affiliate TVNZ. Some narrowly escaped the collapse. “I’d taken five of my rookies to do some cliff work and some cliff jumping,” Craig Jamison, a member of the Taylor’s Mistake Surf Life Saving Club, told the affiliate. “When I look up I see three of them standing in the cave, and then a whole sheet of rock fell down over them.” READ MORE

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