Story: Historic earthquakes

Earthquake damage

Earthquake damage

These photographs show destruction in inner-city Christchurch immediately following the February 2011 earthquake. Layton Duncan was at work in his Poplar Street office, on the top floor of a 1920s brick building, when the quake struck. The top photo shows a collapsed wall and piles of fallen masonry. After managing to get out of the severely damaged office, Duncan walked home through the city recording some of the devastation he saw, including this building on Worcester Street (middle photo). The bottom photo shows Victoria Square – the soggy silt is a result of liquefaction.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 2011 Christchurch earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

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