View Full Version : Earthquake hits Christchurch New Zealand

22-02-11, 08:22 AM

22-02-11, 08:30 AM
We may be witnessing New Zealand's darkest day': PM says 65 killed in quake
February 22, 2011 - 5:40PM
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says 65 people died in the earthquake that devastated Christchurch today.

''The death toll I have at the moment is 65 and that may rise. So it's an absolute tragedy for this city, for New Zealand, for the people that we care so much about,'' Mr Key told TVNZ. ''It's a terrifying time for the people of Canterbury.''

At least 65 killed in Christchurch quake
New Zealand Prime MInister John Key has confirmed at least 65 people are dead after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Christchurch.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says 65 people died in the earthquake that devastated Christchurch today.

''The death toll I have at the moment is 65 and that may rise. So it's an absolute tragedy for this city, for New Zealand, for the people that we care so much about,'' Mr Key told TVNZ. ''It's a terrifying time for the people of Canterbury.''

As thousands of shocked people wandered the rubble-strewn streets of Christchurch after today's devastating and deadly earthquake, emergency workers were searching for survivors.

The 6.3 magnitude quake - classed by experts as an aftershock to last September's 7.1 quake - struck at 12.51pm (10.51am AEDT).



22-02-11, 08:32 AM

22-02-11, 08:35 AM

22-02-11, 11:12 AM
Horrible disaster, I hope they manage to pull out those trapped, what a nightmare.

Australia and New Zealand have suffered a lot of natural disasters in the past few months, let's hope Earth gives those poor people a break.

My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this horrific disaster.

Strong earthquake at shallow depth = major destruction.

23-02-11, 09:45 AM
the updated number of death is now 75, and 300 people r still missing :(

23-02-11, 04:27 PM
I hope they find those missing alive and well, Christchurch looks like a beautiful city.

24-02-11, 09:47 AM
it is...well it was a beatiful city indeed, and i hope it will become a beautiful city again soon

24-02-11, 10:13 AM
I don't want to sound mean but do you really believe there is a point in rebuilding Christchurch as it lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, destructive earthquakes will happen again. Maybe relocate? Or start building like the Japanese?

If I lived in Christchuch I would do my best to move out. Cities on the pacific ring of fire are disasters waiting to happen, Tokyo and LA are megacities sitting on time bombs as well as Istanbul and Tehran.

Sofia, Bulgaria will aslo very likely be destroyed by an earthquake as it has been many times in the past.

All in all, half the Earth's population lives in earthquake prone areas. :unreal:

Hope the people of New Zealand manage to recover quickly from this disaster.

Someone snapped this photo of Christchurch seconds after the earthquake hit showing dust shooting into the air as buildings in the downtown area collapse.


24-02-11, 09:47 PM
very bad...

25-02-11, 01:28 PM
Christchurch earthquake death toll rises to 113 with hundreds still missing

The number of confirmed dead from the Christchurch earthquake has climbed to 113, with grave fears held for 228 people still missing.By Paul Chapman in Wellington 7:08AM GMT 25 Feb 2011
Search and rescue teams from six nations combing the rubble of collapsed buildings refused to give up hope of finding anyone else alive but acknowledged the chances were looking bleak.
No survivor has been pulled from the mangled and twisted wreckage since Wednesday.
Superintendent Dave Cliff said the rain could make already dangerous masonry and buildings even more unstable.
"Rescue staff are operating in highly dangerous and volatile situations, and we are continually reassessing the risks."


25-02-11, 01:37 PM
One of many who died in the earthquake

http://thumbnails32.imagebam.com/12106/54af83121054956.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/54af83121054956)

25-02-11, 01:56 PM
What a complete utter nightmare, especially for those trapped, I hope they manage to pull more survivors.

26-02-11, 10:33 AM
you are totally right pieman, it is kinda a waste of time rebuilding the city, god knows when it will happen again:dunno: may be they should relocate the city centre:not sure:

26-02-11, 10:37 AM
Why only the city centre?

26-02-11, 11:38 AM
because the quake happened in the city centre and thats why so many have died, the city centre is now basicly vanished as you see in the photo :(

26-02-11, 12:06 PM
I think the whole of Christchurch better be reolcated or if survivors insist on staying they should build earthquake resistant buildings, it's such a shame that so many were trapped, perhaps if structures could remain standing wven for a few minutes people will be able to escape.

Some modern buildings just pancaked in the first few seconds leaving all residents trapped, it's a horrific fate.

26-02-11, 12:39 PM
One of the reason causing the buildings to collapse so badly is that they didnt get a make over since last years earthquake happened in the same place :/

26-02-11, 06:06 PM
yeah & also "harmonics"; in LA some mid-rise buildings collapsed during the Northridge event; skyscrapers like U.S. Bank Tower, (73 levels) did fine--its the vibrations & type of wave that makes the difference--I've rocked & rolled on level 52 of 333 South Hope Street (Bank of America Plaza) during events; its fucking amazing to see, hear & feel the whole tower twist, bend, & snap back! It's built on rollers, as are most new EQ-resistant structures . . . at home we are almost on top of the San Andreas, so I'm anticipating a really big party when that mother snaps . . . Christchurch is such a horrible tragedy, & an example of why those in "Earthquake Country" [around the globe in places already mentioned] should have contigency plans in place--remember, its not if, but when . . .

06-03-11, 05:38 AM

06-03-11, 06:56 PM
Fuckin mega-awesome, Beuen! hot & informative! Props again!

06-03-11, 09:01 PM
Hope everyone realizes how the mangnetic pole shift is getting further and further, and this planet is going to start seeing quakes like never before.
Hate to say it, but it'll be a good place to get some free meat - and all you want!
Relocate you say , Meatpie?? Where the fuck to? This fucked-up planet is already bursting with 6 1/2 billion people - half of that the dumb ones under the age of 25 who need to be spoonfed! And half of them Muslems that want to cut our heads off to really crappy 'music'! LOL

06-03-11, 09:36 PM

07-03-11, 10:59 AM
LoL :hahahahha:

People from earthquake areas should relocated if they feel scared, after all Christchurch even if rebuild will be destroyed again.

The African plate is relatively stable, as well as European part of Russia.

Bulgaria will see a large earthquake too and I have to move, I was on the Black Sea coast in 1999 when the Izmit Earthquake struck it was very strong and very long people had no idea what to do.

We slept outside in blankets.

We are all potential earthquake victims.

Art Of War
23-09-13, 10:59 AM
My home town is Christchurch, New Zealand, I left Christchurch to start a new life in Auckland a few weeks before the first big earthquake in 2010.

I cancelled by return visit in February 2011 due to not ready to face some stuff and people from my past.

Half the people who died was due to a single building collapsing the CTV building.
About 10 in another building and the rest mostly downtown Christchurch.

It was the brick buildings and masonry and old style verandas that did the most damage in terms of these other fatalities and the city center has many old heritage sites consisting of these buildings.

Only a few buildings collapsed bully and some more partially, it was the demolishing of the many buildings after the earthquake that made the earthquake look bigger than it was.

It was mainly the exteriors of these buildings that collapsed and caused the fatalities not the complete collapse of buildings like you see overseas. New Zealand has a high standard of earthquake protection.

New Zealand has a strong British tie to its Motherland and therefore it is a very English city and therefore also a lot of old style houses and New Zealand is very strong in protecting its Heritage, therefore Christchurch and its property owners did all they can to strengthen these types of building.

I am fucked off with my government tactics of hijacking Christchurch and demolishing all the old historical buildings in the downtown and hiding it behind the context of they are not safe as we all know after a a calamity comes the financial boom, therefore they are positioning Christchurch as one of the saviours of the New Zealand economy...

Christchurch has lost its heart and soul, due to this.

I am so mad at my government at their interference in the aftermath of this earthquake.

Sue to this I relazied how much Christchurch means to me and the heritage of my city is worth fighting for and not to be turned into another International City for all the wrong reasons.

I rather be in Christchurch when a big earthquake hits, due to its traditional wide streets and it is mostly suburban, so that is also why most of the deaths was isolated mainly to the downtown area.

The Christchurch earthquake was not as bad as it was made out on media reports.

Therefore the rebuilding of Christchurch refers to mainly the old style buildings and relocation of certain suburban areas due to liquification. Not the complete rebuilding o Christchurch, if this was the case then they should be many more deaths.......

Even though I was not in Christchurch for both earthquakes it was painful trying to get through to your family and friends and making a mental list in your head of the people you knew and where they would have been at the time of the earthquake in regards to reported deaths and their locations.

I am fortunate that no one I knew well was injured badly or died.

Only recently have I forgiven myself for not being there, survivors guilt I assume.