On Tuesday the 22nd of February 2011 disaster struck the city of Christchurch. Why did it cause so much destruction?
- New Zealand sits on a tectonic plate boundary between the Pacific plate and the Australian plate.
- The region along the perimeter of the Pacific plate, known as the Ring of Fire, is prone to seismic activity.
- In February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 aftershock caused devastation in the city of Christchurch.
- The slap down or trampoline effect caused the liquefaction of soil and severe flooding in the city.
Christchurch, New Zealand
February 22nd 2011
On Tuesday the 22nd of February 2011 disaster struck the city of Christchurch.
The earthquake only lasted 12 seconds but that was long enough to cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage and take the lives of 185 people.
New Zealand has suffered earthquakes before but rarely have ...
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