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Terrifying wave of FIFTEEN earthquakes strikes New Zealand with fears the ‘big one’ could be next

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/5/2018 Emily Pidgeon

a close up of a street: New Zealand is in the middle of a wave of fifteen earthquakes - with fears a significant tremor could be on the way (2016 Kaikoura earthquake damage pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited New Zealand is in the middle of a wave of fifteen earthquakes - with fears a significant tremor could be on the way (2016 Kaikoura earthquake damage pictured) New Zealand is in the middle of a wave of fifteen earthquakes - with fears a significant tremor could be on the way.

The four strongest earthquakes have centred around Seddon in the South Island, and are all likely aftershocks from the devastating Kaikoura earthquake in 2016.

Government body Geonet Science wrote online that the weekend was 'shaky' for the 'top of the South Island with three magnitude four quakes'. 

a close up of a map: The four strongest earthquakes have centred around Seddon in the South Island (pictured), and are all likely aftershocks from the devastating Kaikoura earthquake in 2016 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The four strongest earthquakes have centred around Seddon in the South Island (pictured), and are all likely aftershocks from the devastating Kaikoura earthquake in 2016 Locals told Stuff the quakes had shaken their homes and made them fearful of another significant earthquake.  

Marlene Jackson, who works at a cafe in Seddon, said the earthquakes 'shake you up because it feels like it's going to keep going'.

a close up of a garden: Locals told Stuff the quakes had shaken their homes and made them fearful of another significant earthquake like the tremor in 2016 (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Locals told Stuff the quakes had shaken their homes and made them fearful of another significant earthquake like the tremor in 2016 (pictured) 'It shakes all your windows and rattles all your plates and just gets you thinking if it's going to be another big one,' she said.

She said it was a scary reminder of the devastating quake in November 2016 which killed two people.

The massive 7.8 magnitude struck the island and tore apart the seabed, shocking experts. 

More aftershocks of the earthquake are expected to be felt across the south island's north-east coast. 

a person standing on a rocky hill: Marlene Jackson, who works at a cafe in Seddon, said the earthquakes 'shake you up because it feels like it's going to keep going' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marlene Jackson, who works at a cafe in Seddon, said the earthquakes 'shake you up because it feels like it's going to keep going' Marlene Jackson, who works at a cafe in Seddon, said the earthquakes 'shake you up because it feels like it's going to keep going'

GeoNet estimates there is a 16 per cent chance of a magnitude six quake within the next three months and a 47 per cent chance in the next year. 

GNS Science seismologist John Ristau told the publication the aftershock of the Kaikoura earthquake may last between five and 10 years.

'If you think about Canterbury, it's still quite a bit more seismically active than it was before the Darfield earthquake and now we're going on almost eight years,' he said.

'In some respects, you can say it'll never stop.'      

a rocky mountain: She said it was a scary reminder of the devastating quake in November 2016 which killed two people © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She said it was a scary reminder of the devastating quake in November 2016 which killed two people She said it was a scary reminder of the devastating quake in November 2016 which killed two people

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