Nature: Earthquake: Christchurch, New Zealand
|born on||22 February 2011 at 12:51 (= 12:51 PM )|
|Place||Lyttelton, New Zealand, 43s35, 172e42|
|Timezone||NZDT h13e (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||03°00' 24°09 Asc. 09°52'|
New Zealand earthquake that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale. The earthquake struck the Canterbury Region in New Zealand's South Island and was centred 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the port town of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, at the time New Zealand's second-most populous city. The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, killing 185 people in the nation's fifth deadliest natural disaster.
Christchurch's central city and eastern suburbs were badly affected, with damage to buildings and infrastructure already weakened by the magnitude 7.1 Canterbury earthquake of 4 September 2010 and its aftershocks.
The six-storey Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapsed in the earthquake, leaving only its lift shaft standing, which caught fire. 115 people died in the building, which housed a TV station, a medical clinic and an English language school.
The earthquake destroyed the ChristChurch Cathedral's spire and part of its tower, and severely damaged the structure of the remaining building. The remainder of the tower was demolished in March 2012.
On 23 February, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Christchurch's tallest hotel, was reported to be on the verge of collapse. The 26-storey building was displaced by half a metre in the quake and had dropped by 1 metre on one side; parts of the emergency stairwells collapsed. Demolition was completed in May 2012. The 21-storey PricewaterhouseCoopers building, the city's tallest office tower, is among the office buildings later demolished.
- compare to chart of Nature: Earthquake: North Canterbury, New Zealand (born 14 November 2016)
PT quotes USGS website; the epicenter was 3 miles SSE of Christ Church. Coordinates shown at the epicenter according to the USGS
- Mundane : Disasters : Natural Disasters