Story: Historic earthquakes

Christchurch city after the quake

This clip shows how central Christchurch looked after the earthquake of 22 February 2011. Many buildings were damaged or destroyed, while others appear untouched. Following the quake, the central city was cordoned off, leaving it eerily quiet. This video was shown, without commentary, at the official memorial service, held in Hagley Park on 18 March 2011, before the formal proceedings began.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 2011 Christchurch earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/32480/christchurch-city-after-the-quake (accessed 17 October 2017)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2016