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New Zealand is located in the
Pacific Ocean in the continent of
Oceania. It is South East of
Australia and consists of a North
and South Island. Its capital city
is Wellington.…read more

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· The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand at 12:51 on 22 February
· The epicentre was 6 miles South East of Christchurch and the focus was very
shallow at 3.1 miles.
· The earthquake occurred on a conservative plate margin where the Pacific Plate
slid past the Australian Plate in the opposite direction.
· It was technically an aftershock from a larger earthquake in 2010 but the impacts
were more severe.…read more

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Primary Effects Secondary Effects
181 people were killed and around Business were put out of action for
2,000 people were injured long periods causing losses of
income and jobs
Hundreds of kilometres of water and Schools had to share classrooms
sewage pipes were damaged because of the damage to other
school buildings
50% + of Central City buildings Damage to roads through liquefaction
severely damaged including the city's made it difficult for people and
cathedral which lost its spire emergency services to move around
Liquefaction (where the ground gets People were affected mentally by the
saturated and loses strength) caused earthquakes and needed support
lots of damage to roads and buildings
Part (size of 20 football fields) of the Christchurch could no longer host
country's longest glacier was broken Rugby World Cup matches so lost the
off creating a large iceberg benefits, e.g. tourism and income,
they would bring
80% of the city was without
electricity…read more

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