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2011 Christchurch earthquake


A Mw 6.2 earthquake occurred in Christchurch on 22 February 2011 at 12:51 p.m. local time. 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 disaster.


  • Casualties 

  • Damage and effects 

  • Geology 

  • Emergency management 

  • Response 

  • Commission of Inquiry 

  • Recovery 

  • Other impact