Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New Zealand’s Earthquake

By Shane Healey

Bring back visions and events that occurred in Haiti, on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand’s largest city. This earthquake is the second major quake to kit New Zealand in five months. In September of 2010 a magnitude 7.1 struck the area. This deadly act of nature, that originated 5 km below the earth’s crust, demolished 60 percent of the surrounding areas. In addition, the quake has left 75 people dead and another 300 are still missing. By the end of Tuesday, New Zealand had endured a massive earthquake and 10 aftershocks.

After today, the earthquake that struck an area of 500,000 people collapsed buildings, closed the airports, made roads and bridges impassable, caused fired to break out, and trapped people under the fallen debris. In the end, due to the earthquake occurring during a workday, more people lost their lives, more people were trapped, and the area was declared as a state of emergency

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