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04/09/2010 Earthquake hits Canterbury

The 2010 Canterbury earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand with a moment magnitude of 7.1 and had a maximum perceived intensity of X on the Mercalli intensity scale. Two residents were seriously injured. Mass fatalities were avoided partly due to there being few houses of unreinforced construction.


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