Get the latest breaking news delivered straight to your inbox. It caused items to fall from shelves and windows to break in Wellington, and forced hundreds of tourists onto the streets as hotels were evacuated. Both the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals of Christchurch suffered serious damage. As soon as the Valentine's Day quake hit I was sitting up in Auckland and thought, this is going to be big in terms of the health sector. It is recorded as a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, but reached magnitude 9 at its epicentre. Extensive vertical and horizontal ground movement caused considerable damage to buildings and land. The removal of wreckage and official damage assessments were ongoing. The severest aftershock occurred at 12:51 pm on February 22, 2011. I actually got so used to them that I don't mind them ... but this one came from nowhere. Thompson was out of town but managed to reach his wife by cellphone during the night before her phone died. , Westfield Riccarton, Eastgate Mall, The Palms, and Ballantynes were evacuated and closed for engineering inspection. Christchurch earthquakes of 2010–11, also called Canterbury earthquakes, series of tremors that occurred within and near the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Canterbury Plains region from early September 2010 to late December 2011. Updated on: November 13, 2016 / 6:29 PM Time-lapse visualisation of today's earthquakes in Christchurch and Canterbury, New Zealand. The scope of damage and size of the tsunami waves are not yet clear. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Guthrie asks Trump why he'd tweet "a lie" about Biden, Trump refuses to denounce right-wing conspiracy group QAnon, Biden says he'll give answer on court packing before election, Trump says he doesn't know if he took COVID test on debate day, Former Chicago police superintendent accused of sexual assault, What we know – and don't know – about Hunter Biden's alleged laptop, U.S. battles fall coronavirus surge as states see record cases, YouTube cracks down on QAnon and other conspiracy videos, Battleground Tracker: Latest polls, state of the race and more, 5 things to know about CBS News' 2020 Battleground Tracker, CBS News coverage of voting rights issues. New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management reported that a tsunami wave struck at about 1:50 a.m.
An estimated 100 or more people had been in the building at the time of the quake.  Two surfers were below Whitewash Head and had car-size rocks crash into the sea around them. Christchurch’s city centre was hit particularly hard and was evacuated.
The New Zealand Civil Defence Ministry warned that the first tsunami waves may not be the worst, and that tsunami activity could continue for several hours.
Like the main shock, however, the February 22 aftershock stemmed from the deformation along regional plate boundaries where the Pacific and Indo-Australian tectonic plates push against one another. The principal event, sometimes referred to as the Darfield earthquake, struck at 4:35 am on September 4, 2010. Other towns in the area around Christchurch were seriously affected, although fewer lives were lost. WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A deadly magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck near Christchurch, New Zealand, leading to tsunami activity, officials said Sunday. https://www.britannica.com/event/Christchurch-earthquakes-of-2010-2011, New Zealand History - Christchurch earthquake kills 185. Earthquakes tend to be more strongly felt on the surface when they’re shallow.  Shortly after the earthquakes, it was found that seven of the forty historic façades in the central city's New Regent Street were unstable.
The quake was far less violent than the one that struck her city in 2011, Gin said, adding that there was no jarring up and down or side to side, just a long, rolling sensation. “They’re all very, very tired and concerned about the state of their property.”.
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