Thursday/ Canterbury earthquakes update

I thought I would check back on Christchurch, New Zealand, since it’s been some six years since the city had been hit with a series of severe earthquakes that killed 185 people. Wikipedia says that following the earthquakes, over 1,500 buildings in the city had been demolished or partly demolished by September 2013.  In the years that followed, the city has been experiencing rapid growth, with the central city rebuild, which is outlined in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, starting to ramp up.  I see that residents in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch feel a little left behind in all the recovery efforts, though .. and that ‘distress or anxiety associated with ongoing aftershocks, being in a damaged environment and surrounded by construction, additional financial burdens and loss of recreational and cultural facilities were the top four stresses for people in the city’.

Graphic from the Seattle Times that shows that shallow earthquakes in urban areas (such as in Christchurch in 2011) are the worst. Best I can tell, the ‘Shaking Severity’ and Magnitude ratings go like this: 4-Light, 5-Moderate, 6-Strong, 7-Very Strong, 8-Severe, 9-Violent.

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