New Zealand Earthquake, 2011 On February 22, 2011, a 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand killed 185 people and injured thousands more. The earthquake's epicenter was just over 6 miles from Christchurch, causing $15 billion New Zealand dollars ($10.4 billion U.S. dollars) worth of damages to the city. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred five months earlier was larger, but less destructive than the February earthquake because it wasn't as shallow.
New Zealand Earthquake (2011) Also known as the Christchurch earthquake, this magnitude 6.3 quake that occurred on February 22, 2011 severely damaged New Zealand’s second-largest city. It also killed 185 people, 238 were reported missing, and164 patients were treated for injuries. One of the nation’s deadliest peacetime disasters, this caused significant damage to Christchurch and the central Canterbury region.
The damaged Christchurch Cathedral in Cathedral Square on Sept. 28, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. On Feb. 22 this year a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Christchurch. The quake took hundreds of lives, and seven months on, the community continues to rebuild. (Cameron Spencer, Getty Images)
THIS IS WHAT POVERTY FEELS LIKE AND IT FEELS LIKE THIS EVERYDAY WALKING THROUGHT VARIOUS TOWNS AND CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IF YOU "STOPPED TO SMELL THE AIR" SO TO SPEAK, IT WOULD SMELL LIKE THIS. Damaged business district, Christchurch, NZ, 22 Feb 2011