As the city of Christchurch in New Zealand continued to experience aftershocks, the faithful were forced to attend Christmas Day services outdoors owing the risk of churches collapsing.
Seismologists in the city reported at least 16 pre-dawn tremors, measuring as high as magnitude 4.1. Almost all the tremors were centred near Christchurch, which has faced the brunt of a series of quakes since September last year.
The services were held outdoors since engineers did not get the chance to check safety features of the churches since a series of shock waves hit the city on Friday.
Even though Christchurch faced a hellish year in terms of natural disasters this year; the number of people who attended the mass outdoors showed that the shock waves could not ruin the Christmas celebrations.
Although the latest quakes did not cause any deaths, the February earthquake took a toll of 181 lives and devastated the commercial centres. Some of the suburbs had to be abandoned because liquefaction converted the ground into a sea of mud.