Location a major factor in NZ quake devastation
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Scientists say the latest New Zealand earthquake caused more destruction than a larger one last year because of its location.
Tuesday's magnitude-6.3 quake was centered about 3 miles from the populated city of Christchurch.
By contrast, the far larger magnitude-7 shaker last September hit about 30 miles west of the city.
Since September, about half a dozen aftershocks greater than magnitude-5 have rattled the Christchurch region. Tuesday's is the largest aftershock to date.
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