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2011 Canterbury Earthquake

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake which struck New Zealand on 22 Feb 2011

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  • Feb 22, 2011
148 death tolls been confirmed so far. Reported to be one of the worst in New Zealand in the last 80 years or so. 5 months ago, another 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the same area but no casualty then. Unfortunately, not this time round. Many buildings collapsed!
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The 2011 Canterbury earthquake was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake[1] which struck the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island at 12:51 pm on 22 February 2011 local time (23:51 21 February UTC).[1][3] Centred 5 km (3 mi) below the town of Lyttelton, the quake caused widespread damage and multiple fatalities in nearby Christchurch, New Zealand's second-largest city.

This was the largest aftershock of the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake,[4] although in some respects it is being regarded as a separate earthquake. Although smaller in magnitude, the earthquake was more damaging because the epicentre was closer to Christchurch, and the September quake was measured at 10km deep whereas the more recent quake came within 5km of the surface. The February earthquake also occurred during lunchtime on a Tuesday rather than before dawn on a Saturday, and many buildings were already weakened from the previous quakes.[5][6] The intensity felt in Christchurch was MM VIII.[7]

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the current death toll is 65, saying that 22 February "may well be New Zealand's darkest day".[8] There are unconfirmed reports that the death toll could reach 200–400.[9] Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker says at least 200 people are believed trapped under rubble, ...

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