New Zealand Earthquake Rocks Christchurch, What About 'The Hobbit'?


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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand in Christchurch.  The quake hit the city on a busy Tuesday afternoon but authorities say it was a contrast to the major quake that hit Christchurch last September.

But the big question is what about The Hobbit? The New Zealand tourism was boosted big time when Peter Jackson filmed his Lord of the Rings movie series in the beautiful country.

The upcoming production of the Tolkien classic The Hobbit will result in a major increase in foreign visitors once again.

The city has suffered many aftershocks since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Sept. 4 last year, causing extensive damage.  Christchurch is home to over 350,000 people, is considered a tourist hot spot.

According to Huffington Post, “New Zealand sits on the Pacific “ring of fire” an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through the South Pacific. It records more than 14,000 earthquakes a year but only about 150 are felt by residents, and fewer than 10 a year do any damage.”

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