Story: Historic earthquakes

Collapsed brick walls in Worcester Street (1st of 2)

Collapsed brick walls in Worcester Street

Unreinforced facades and brick walls collapsed onto the footpath and road in Worcester Street in central Christchurch early on Saturday morning on 4 September 2010. As the quake occurred at 4.35 a.m. streets were deserted, but there would have been casualties had the earthquake occurred during a working day. Around 100 people were injured in the Canterbury region – two of them seriously, but there were no fatalities.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

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