Someone else’s view of the situation here on the ground.
In 2010 there was an earthquake in Christchurch. It measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and the epicentre was 40 km west of the city. 7.1 is a pretty big quake but fortunately it happened in the middle of the night, at 4.35 a.m., when everyone was tucked up in bed. There was some damage to buildings and other infrastructure and one person died, of a heart attack. Two others were injured.
No great story there.
There were a number of aftershocks during the following months and then at 12.51pm on 22nd February 2011, all hell was let loose. A smaller earthquake, 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit the already damaged city. Its epicentre was only 10km away. It devastated the city centre, destroying hundreds of businesses and thousands of homes. It was a normal working day. People were in their offices or going about their business in town. …
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