Story: Historic earthquakes

Roadside Stories: Christchurch under siege

New Zealand’s most English city, Christchurch was hit by devastating earthquakes in September 2010 and February and June 2011. In the February quake 185 people died (initially the death toll was thought to be 181). Over a quarter of the city centre’s buildings – many of them historic – were condemned, and the statue of city founder John Robert Godley was toppled.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the Canterbury quakes. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 2011 Christchurch earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017