Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake


On Tuesday the 22nd of February there was a 6.3 magnitude Earthquake at 12:51pm. This quake was 5 kilometres deep and on a separate fault. The quake was 10 km southeast of Christchurch CBD. Three geonet monitors in the Christchurch CBD recorded much worse ground shaking felt than the original September 4. The quake has caused devastation. Emergency services are reporting multiple fatalities(75 23/2/2011 2:25pm). Many have had to amputate limbs to survive. The earthquake was just one giant jolt, severely damaging housing include the Cathedral. Many have reported feeling the quake from Dunedin. Two buses were crushed by falling debris.

By Thunder and Macane
photo by NZ Herald

18 comments:

  1. Well done boys, you have summarised the main facts of the situation.

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  2. This is a good summary. I had heard about some of the devastation, but hadn't heard anything about people having to amputate limbs to survive. I hope more people will be found and will be able to be rescued. I like that you included before and after photos of the cathedral so you can see the damage.

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  3. Yes those photos really show the devastation caused by the earthquake - well selected. Great summary guys, look forward to more of your bloggin!

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  4. This is so sad, I was watching coverage on the internet last night. It seems like there is a lot of pressure on the plates around Australia and New Zealand.

    Mr. C
    NoelTigers.com

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  5. Very nice summary. I saw live video of the quake from near Summer. Very, very scary! Here is the link to that video from YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt0iIHXFnR0

    I hope YouTube is not blocked at your school! My friend here is the U.S posted this Maori saying on his FaceBook page: Kia Kaha People here are saying it right back to you and hoping for the best. Keep blogging!

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  6. Well summarized with concise information. Keep up the good work.

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  7. Cheryl Wolotira, Seattle,Washington, USAFebruary 22, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Seattle had an earthquake of the same magnitude a few years ago but not nearly as devasting. So scary! Thank you for writing about this. Please keep on reporting, guys.

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  8. Thanks for helping to tell the story. There are many eventful things happening in the world right now, but our hearts go out to NZ. Good job reporting.

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  9. A teacher in our school has family living in Christchurch. She heard from them this morning and they are okay. What a very sad and frightening event. Thanks for sharing the information.

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  10. Thank you for doing the research and summarizing it for us. Do you think this is a one time event or could there be aftershocks?

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  11. @dougpete Yes there have been many aftershocks almost every hour. 70 recorded since Tuesday, 4 aftershocks magnitude 5 or greater.

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  12. Intresting facts it helped us to understand more about the earthquake. We are thinking about all the things that we can do to help. http://www.bestschoolintheworld1.blogspot.com/

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  13. Hi there everyone! This is Mr. Noble from Illinois, USA. I have been talking with Mr. Wood about our classes connecting via Skype and our blogs. I will be encouraging my kids to visit this blog, and I encourage you to add to ours. Below is the link.
    http://www.harlem122.org/education/components/board/default.php?sectiondetailid=15436&boardid=154

    Look forward to connecting with you all!
    ~Mr. N.

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  14. Wow that was great writing you did and it really was good facts that you typed in.

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  15. Thanks for the update, boys. The photos are very dramatic and show how devastating the quake was. Keep us all informed about the situation!

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  16. Hi BRS Year 8.
    I have been following the news about Christchurch's latest earthquake and follow up tremors from Sydney. It's very shocking.
    I really liked your comparison photos of the cathedral before and after the quake.
    I visited the cathedral in spring a few years ago and the park nearby had thousands of daffodils out in flower. The cathedral, park and flowers were all very beautiful.
    There is lots of places and people that will be sadly missed.

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  17. This is a very bad time for christchurch, my heart and my love is with you I haven't been in a earth quake yet but i reckon that it is terrible to be in one it is really sad about how much people died :(

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