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Environment

Storm Brings 100-year Flood to Christchurch, New Zealand

ImaGeo iconImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanMarch 5, 2014 11:14 PM
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NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of a powerful storm swirling off the coast of New Zealand on March 4. The storm has caused what has been reported as a 100-year flood in the city of Christchurch. (Source: NASA) The satellite image above shows the powerful storm that brought gale force winds and 36 hours of heavy rainfall to New Zealand, triggering what has been described as a 100-year flood in the city of Christchurch. The city has been beset by flooding before, as well as a devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 2011 that killed 185 people.

Police help rescue a woman trapped in her flooded house #CHCHstormpic.twitter.com/XHhs7BgM6A — Lacey Wilson (@Lacey_Wilson) March 4, 2014

Authorities warned residents to consider the floodwaters contaminated. It's unclear how many homes were flooded. One account puts the number at up to 100.

The storm is seen swirling off the coast of New Zealand in this 24-hour animation of MTSAT-2 images. As more imagery and information become available, I'll post an update.

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