New Zealand PM’s science adviser slams Christchurch quake prediction

March 16th, 2011 - 3:00 pm ICT by ANI  

John Key Wellington, Mar.16 (ANI): New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, has disagreed with the prediction by long range weather forecaster Ken Ring, that a huge earthquake could strike Christchurch on March 20.

Speaking at a press conference about the scientific response to the Canterbury quake, Gluckman said: ” There is no added risk on March 20 or any other day,” adding that the predictions were only causing further ‘disharmony’ for the city’s residents.

He said: “The pattern of aftershocks of low magnitude will continue on March 20 and most days for the next two weeks.”

He admitted that the aftershock decline could be erratic and be ’somewhat frustrating for all concerned,’ but would continue to decline in frequency and intensity, according to scientists.

Gluckman also assured the public that despite the massive 9.0 magnitude quake in Japan this month, globally, earthquakes were not increasing in frequency, Stuff.co.nz reports.

To make his point clear, Gluckman said that New Zealand suffered two magnitude 6 quakes each year and a magnitude 5 every two weeks. Smaller earthquakes were a daily occurrence.

There had been no change in that pattern and so there was no relation between the Japanese and Christchurch earthquakes, he added. (ANI)

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