Aotearoa | Christchurch Earthquake

Christchurch Earthquake

New Zealand: Christchurch

Aotearoa | Christchurch Earthquake

"On the 22nd of February 2011 Christchurch experienced an earthquake of such violence that it stole from us the lives of dozens of people, and dramatically altered the lives of tens of thousands more. All who were caught up in that earthquake, all who have seen the images and read the stories, have been horrified by it its scale and by its callous disregard for so much that we held dear. It felled buildings, destroyed roads, caused terrible injuries and tore up the very earth we walk upon. It has left scars that will never be erased from our land, or from our hearts."
John Key, New Zealand Prime Minister.

Project Update

The 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island at12:51 pm on 22 February 2011 causing widespread damage and multiple fatalities. The earthquake was centred 2 kilometers west of the town of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometers south-east of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand's second-most populous city. It followed nearly six months after the 7.1 magnitude 2010 Canterbury earthquake that caused significant damage to the region but no direct fatalities.

At least 166 people had been confirmed dead as of 17 March 2011, with the final death toll expected to be around 182, making the earthquake the second-deadliest natural disaster recorded in New Zealand. Prime Minister John Key stated that 22 February "may well be New Zealand's darkest day". Nationals from more than 20 countries are among those missing. The New Zealand Government declared a state of national emergency. Analysts estimated that the earthquake could cost insurers US$12 billion (NZ$16 billion.

All New Zealanders have a connection with Christchurch in some or other way so this disaster has had far reaching effects. Thousands of homes remain uninhabitable, many businesses will never open again and thousands have lost their jobs. Essential services have been restored to most parts of the city while some areas will not be rebuilt due to the extensive liquefaction of the soil.

We at Orphans Aid International have undertaken to support our Canterbury neighbours in whatever practical way we can. Donations have been collected from all parts of the country and from around the world.. Practical goods, even including a 4-berth caravan, have been donated and will provide short and long term support for those in need. We are committed to helping and facilitating aid to those in need.

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