On February 22, 2011, New Zealand's second-most populous city of Christchurch was hit with a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake, essentially leveling this lively city. Two years later, it still finds itself in a massive state of repair.
New Zealand lies directly on a number of fault lines, many of which run directly under major cities, like Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. Unfortunately, Christchurch has been the stage for a series of earthquakes and aftershocks over the years, like the 7.3 magnitude that struck on September 4, 2010. The one in February, though, put New Zealand in a state of national emergency, as it was the second largest natural disaster to ever hit the country.
As someone who called New Zealand my home for well over a year, I send my deepest condolences to all those affected by the Christchurch earthquake. It was, and is, a horrific tragedy.
Disclaimer: These photos were taken by government officials. I received express permission to publish them.
To help rebuild Christchurch, you can donate to the New Zealand Red Cross.
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