Christchurch 10 years on

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Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the Feb 22nd Christchurch earthquake.

The 6.3 magnitude quake hit in the afternoon followed by strong aftershocks, killing 185 people, and causing widespread destruction across the city.

Over the weekend, events were held in Christchurch to offer the community a chance to gather in remembrance for the 185 people who died.

The earthquake had a huge effect on the city of Christchurch. In total, more than 100,000 buildings damaged and about 10,000 buildings needed to be demolished. More than half of the buildings demolished were in the central business district.

Many schools, churches and sports facilities were destroyed and have had to be rebuilt.

Following the earthquake, the City of Christchurch had to be rebuilt. The city had to be divided into four zones – green zone, orange zone, white zone, and red zone – to separate quake-risk and damaged suburbs and streets.

Do you remember the earthquake? Leave a message in the comments below telling us what you remember.

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  1. I remember it, I was a little kid and it was really scary. I hope something like it never ever happens again.

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