The moment the quake hit - as captured by a tourist from the Port Hills

The moment the quake hit - as captured by a tourist from the Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Canterbury and Christchurch earthquakes on 22 February 2011

Roads were destroyed and instantly filled with liquefaction during the Christchurch 2011 earthquake

The Week That Was: Magnitude Earthquake Wrecks lovely Christchurch City

This road slump was particularly scary.  Still under repair now.

This road slump was particularly scary. Still under repair now.

A lot of the old wooden buildings stayed up, but not for long...

A lot of the old wooden buildings stayed up, but not for long.

"I've cycled over this pedestrian-cycleway hundreds of time and as I look at it now, I still can't quite grasp the enormity of what has happened in Christchurch over the last six days". [Adrienne Rewi, 09 Sept 2010]

"I've cycled over this pedestrian-cycleway hundreds of time and as I look at it now, I still can't quite grasp the enormity of what has happened in Christchurch over the last six days". [Adrienne Rewi, 09 Sept in 2011 earthquake Chch

The Grand Chancellor Hotel, the city's tallest building, listed very badly and was quickly demolished

The Grand Chancellor Hotel, the city's tallest building, listed very badly and was quickly demolished

Port Hills earthquake rock fall

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Colombo Street, scene of many fatalities, with buses crushed and buildings falling into the street

This video captured the liquefaction in action and shows how much water flows up and out from the fissure during the event.  Sedimentary structures will reflect this flow in the deposits.  Christchurch Earthquake 6.3, 2011 liquefaction

This video captured the liquefaction in action and shows how much water flows up and out from the fissure during the event. Sedimentary structures will reflect this flow in the deposits.

The Rose Window of ChristChurch Cathedral is framed by ruined stonework. Photo: Lloyd Ashton

The Rose Window of ChristChurch Cathedral is framed by ruined stonework. Photo: Lloyd Ashton It's completely gone now, and the poor Cathedral still sits in ruins and weeds.

Incredibly well timed photo of earthquake in process

Exact moment chch earthquake hit

The moment the quake hit - as captured by a tourist from the Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Funny, it says this was the second quake but it was the first. The beautiful old Provincial Chambers are gone. This was our planned wedding venue number 1 - booked and paid for, lost in the Sept Quakes.

Detail of damage to Kenton Chambers, 190 Hereford Street, Christchurch, post earthquake Feb 2011

Detail of damage to Kenton Chambers, 190 Hereford Street, Christchurch, post earthquake Feb 2011

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