22 February 2011
On this day in 2011 The City of Christchurch, New Zealand was devastated by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake.
185 people perished and thousands were left homeless when the magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand and New Zealand’s third largest urban area.
The earthquake caused liquefaction of the ground which combined with tremors brought down many of Christchurch’s biggest structures including the historic cathedral spire.
The quake struck at 12.51pm and greater loss of life was avoided due to the earthquake’s timing being during daylight hours whilst residents of the city were not asleep and were going about their business.
Damage from the earthquake is estimated at between NZD$20-$30 Billion.