Christchurch Earthquake

Christchurch sits near the diagonally opposite side of the Pacific subduction zone that could cause the big one to happen off the coast of Oregon.  This area had back-to-back big earthquakes September 2010 and again in February 2011.  We spent 2 of our 3 full days in Christchurch taking their Rebuild Tour, going to the quake museum and just walking around seeing the damage.

Now, almost six years on, much of the inner city is still empty lots or fenced off lots waiting to be demolished or repaired.  70% of the central city was either destroyed or had to be demolished because the buildings were beyond repair.

 

 A picture of a picture showing liquefaction in the suburbs.  All of the gray around the house is liquified soil that came up during and after the quake.  Although these houses did not fall down in the quake, over 1,000 had to be demolished and will never be rebuilt because the soil was too unstable.

A picture of a picture showing liquefaction in the suburbs.  All of the gray around the house is liquified soil that came up during and after the quake.  Although these houses did not fall down in the quake, over 1,000 had to be demolished and will never be rebuilt because the soil was too unstable.

 Liquefaction in suburban streets, that water is not from rain - February is their August.

Liquefaction in suburban streets, that water is not from rain - February is their August.

 Notice the single story house is still standing.

Notice the single story house is still standing.

 Although the largest quake was 7.1 on the Richter Scale, it did damage of a 9.0 because of the way it traveled through the soil.

Although the largest quake was 7.1 on the Richter Scale, it did damage of a 9.0 because of the way it traveled through the soil.