Some cars were speeding and the road was becoming more treacherous as tarseal lifted and gaps in the road grew.http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/4/story/. An old lady came out. Meet the NZHistory.net.nz team, Car crushed during the 4 September earthquake, September 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/161/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/612/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/527/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/519/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/364/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/78/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/82/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/184/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/129/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/721/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/702/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/144/story/, http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/515/story/, The 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake. But I must have then found out it was local.http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/364/story/. At 4:35 am on 4 September 2010, there was a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Her family tried to revive her and to contact emergency services on overloaded phone lines. Christchurch earthquakes of 2010–11, series of tremors that occurred within and near the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and the Canterbury Plains region from early September 2010 to late December 2011. This post uses images provided by Malcolm Teasdale of Kiwirail to show the kine buckling that occurred on a railway track at the point that it crossed area of the surface fault expression close to Rolleston at the east end of the fault system. One guest had just flown in from the UK the night before the quake struck. Do it here. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred near Christchurch at 4.35 a.m. on Saturday 4 September 2010. The initial shaking did not cause me to feel too much panic but as we drove and found roads to be splitting and the bridge across the estuary collapsing it became more alarming. The 4.9-magnitude aftershock that hit the region at 10.30 a.m. on Boxing Day 2010 hit retailers particularly hard. Writing a week after the September earthquake, Selena revealed that she found it hardest to cope at night: So that’s my week so far, nights are the worst, I’m not sure if it’s because the earthquake hit at night or if it would be the same if it was during the day. Despite being smaller on the Richter Scale, this second earthquake caused widespread … [8] Miles Parker and Daan Steenkamp, ‘The economic impact of the Canterbury earthquake’, Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, vol. 2010 Canterbury earthquake Most Cantabrians were at home and asleep when the 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the region before dawn on Saturday 4 September 2010. 3, September 2012, S.H. 4.36 a.m. Some sectors were hit hard, ‘notably retail, accommodation and hospitality’. 1-3, Earthquake, September 4, 2010, The Star and APN Print, Christchurch, 2010, David Johnston et al., ‘The 2010/2011 Canterbury Earthquakes: context and cause of injury’, Natural Hazards, January 2014, Miles Parker and Daan Steenkamp, ‘The economic impact of the Canterbury earthquake’, Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, vol. Cindy, who was working in a hospital at the time, talks about the many difficulties staff faced that day: It was a long hard sad and frightening shift in the hospital … beds with air mattresses electric bed tilts with remotes … all useless without power … had to manually remove mattresses and put old ones back on beds, had to elevate patients in their beds with pillows and blankets so that they could eat safely, it was sad seeing patients who can't speak express their fear through sweating so much their bandaids would come off, we were extremely short staffed as the phone lines were out so we didn‘t know if our fellow colleagues were safe and the frightening thing was the waiting and uncertainty of was it going to happen again!http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/527/story/. [5] Another study with a group of 295 middle-aged Canterbury residents found that both men and women were still suffering ‘adverse mental health impacts’ 18 months after the first earthquake. Most people were in bed, and many older buildings had undergone seismic strengthening. It was based near Darfield but felt all over the South Island and in the lower part of the North Island. The 4 September 2010 earthquake was the largest to affect a major urban area since the 7.8-magnitude shock that struck the Hawke’s Bay region on 3 February 1931. The earthquake struck the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island and was centred 6.7 kilometres (4.2 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand's second-most populous city. 2, July 2014, p. 7, Janet K. Spittlehouse, Peter R. Joyce, Esther Vierck, Philip J. Schluter and John F. Pearson, ‘Ongoing adverse mental health impact of the earthquake sequence in Christchurch, New Zealand’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. Around 200 students turned up to the group’s first foray into the community – clearing up liquefaction in the south-western suburb of Halswell. As aftershock upon aftershock hit the region, beginning with a 5.6-magnitude shake at 4.56 a.m., families and flatmates comforted each other and began to venture out to check on their neighbours. And then I thought ‘My children are in Wellington! Before the 22 February 2011 earthquake, the cost of repairs and rebuilding was estimated at around $5 billion. It was centred 40 km west of Christchurch, near the town of Darfield, at a depth of 10 km. Driving through town, lights were out including traffic lights. Since the magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit the Canterbury region a little before 5am on Saturday, 4 September, the media has been covering events closely. Jump to navigation Jump to search. This post uses images provided by Malcolm Teasdale of Kiwirail to show the kine buckling that occurred on a railway track at the point that it crossed area of the surface fault expression close to Rolleston at the east end of the fault system. 2, July 2014, p. 7. 1).While many older brick and masonry buildings were damaged and approximately 100 people were injured in this earthquake, there were no associated deaths. An old man sat outside; we spoke briefly with him, then my flatmate knocked on the door. Strong aftershocks were reported, including ones of magnitude 5.3. It was based on the Greendale fault, which is a newly discovered fault. No-one’s going to come and visit the gallery in Hilton St any more, so at the end of 2010 we left the gallery. This page was last changed on 23 January 2020, at 18:34. We didn’t get much sense out of them, but were informed that there were people crying inside. At 4.35 a.m. on 4 September 2010, the Canterbury region was struck by a large (magnitude 7.1) earthquake. September 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake. The 2010–2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence began with the 4 September 2010, M w 7.1 Darfield earthquake and includes up to ten events that induced liquefaction. The energy chart shows how much energy has been released on a daily basis since September 2010 and also a count of how many earthquakes have occurred each day [6]. It was centred 40 km west of Christchurch, near the town of Darfield, at a depth of 10 km. So all of a sudden, the fire brigade became … not the experts, but the go-to people, to come and see if the cracks in my foundation or the cracks in my walls were all right or not. Next we thought we might be needed at the neighbouring rest home. Businesses in the city centre were closed the day of the quake. 75, no. We have 1 event in history, 2 biographies, 7 articles, related to September 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake. 756-63. [3] ‘Acknowledgement for Lill’, Mana Magazine, April-May 2011, pp. 48, no. The 2010 Canterbury earthquake (also known as the Christchurch earthquake or Darfield earthquake) was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, [1] [2] which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am on 4 September 2010 local time (16:35 3 September UTC). [12], New Zealand sits on the boundary between the Australian and Pacific plates. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. [1] Potter, J.S. 2010 Canterbury earthquake Earthquake. Widely felt over the South Island and the southern North Island, it caused considerable damage in central Canterbury, especially in Christchurch. It was relatively shallow – around 10 km deep – and produced the strongest earthquake ground-shaking ever recorded in New Zealand. [7][8] M 7.2 Darfield (Canterbury) Sat, Sep 4 2010 The Darfield earthquake caused severe building damage in mid-Canterbury, particularly to the city of Christchurch. Familiar travel routes around the region were constantly disrupted as streets, bridges and tunnels were closed for inspection and re-inspection. Focusing on ‘low risk areas during the immediate response period’, they ‘cleared over 65,000 tons of liquefaction’. Most were of magnitude 3 or below and caused no significant additional damage, but their constant occurrence took a toll on the region’s residents. Ground near the Darfield epicentre moved at up to 1.25 times the acceleration due to gravity. [7] http://www.sva.org.nz/history/; Helen Tatham, ‘Social media key to “army” success’, New Zealand Doctor, 21 September 2011, p. 15. The Situation. The September 4, 2010, Canterbury earthquake with a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.1 is a crustal earthquake in the South Island, New Zealand. State of national emergency. During the first 30-second jolt, family members and flatmates called out to each other and parents stumbled out of beds and down hallways to get to their children. [5] The quake caused damage to historic buildings in Lyttelton, near Christchurch, including a church and parts of a hotel. [9]. It was centred 11 km beneath the rural town … The 2010 earthquake was centred about 80–90 km to the southeast of the plate boundary through the island, probably on one of a network of smaller faults linked to … But the region breathed a sigh of relief. And we gave the best advice. The epicentre of the 4 September earthquake was near Darfield, a small town 40 km west of Christchurch, but it was felt throughout the Canterbury region and beyond. I know at both ends of the cordon of the main street the local coffee shops and bars made sure we had plenty of food and coffee. Contributors to QuakeStories describe what they felt and heard: I remember waking to the distinctive sound of the rumble before the earthquake hit the surface. [1] Casey Rowney, Panteá Farvid and Chris G. Sibley, ‘I laugh and say I have “earthquake brain!”’: resident responses to the September 2010 Christchurch earthquake’, New Zealand Journal of Psychology, vol. Category:2010 Canterbury earthquake. At the moment I’m taking each day as it comes, there’s really not any other way to do it, you get better but every shake or noise sends you back a little again, not completely back to the start but enough to not want to be on my own.http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/144/story/, Damage to Homebush homestead, Darfield (video, Te Ara). [5][10] Two people were seriously injured. Worse, I was upstairs, in a movie theatre, watching ‘The King’s Speech’ with a friend and a number of other people old enough to be in a theatre in the middle of a weekday. The 2010 Canterbury earthquake (also known as the Darfield earthquake) struck the South Island of New Zealand with a moment magnitude of 7.1 at 4:35 am local time on 4 September, and had a maximum perceived intensity of X (Extreme) on the Mercalli intensity scale. 4 Sep, 2010 01:11 AM 5 minutes to read. Many people jumped out of bed and headed to work after the earthquake struck. A number of Canterbury’s most important heritage buildings were severely damaged by the September 2010 earthquakes. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Canterbury Region of New Zealand at 4:35 am on 4 September 2010. On 4 September 2010 at 4:35am, the Canterbury region of New Zealand was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. It was the first Canterbury earthquake which fair walloped Kaiapoi. Later analysis shows the magnitude was 7.1, the epicentre 40 km west of Christchurch, near Darfield, and the depth 11 km. Widely felt over the South Island and the southern North Island, it caused considerable damage in central Canterbury, especially in Christchurch. 43, no. The 2010 Canterbury earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter Scale and struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am on the 4th of September 2010. The first tweet about the earthquake is received. One was hit by a falling chimney while the other was seriously injured by broken glass. Want to share your experience of the September earthquake? It was relatively shallow – around 10 km deep – and produced the strongest earthquake ground-shaking ever recorded in New Zealand. So we started doing all those sorts of things. At 4.30 am our family of three (two adults and one teenager) two guests and our two dogs ended up in the car driving for high ground after being shaken violently awake. Strong aftershocks were reported, including ones of magnitude 5.3. As well as damaging properties and the local economy, the earthquake had both physical and psychological effects on Canterbury residents. Reports indicate terror during the main earthquake, however, there was a sense that on-going aftershocks were more devastating and difficult to bear. Those able to reach work faced a hectic short-staffed shift and many more busy days ahead. The earthquake, felt strongly in Wellington and even further north, badly damaged large parts … On 5 September the Herald on Sunday reported the experiences of people such as Daryl Collier, who was working at the South Terrace bakery in Darfield when the earthquake struck: The railway line is behind us and I thought it was a train coming right through the back of the building. Some hadn’t finished their Friday night partying, while shift workers were already out and about. The 4 September 2010 earthquake was the largest to affect a major urban area since the 7.8-magnitude shock that struck the Hawke’s Bay region on 3 February 1931. I know we are, but it was nice to be looked after. Both elderly parents and young children were mentioned in these accounts highlighting fear as a common response across all age groups. The 2010 Canterbury earthquake was a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am September 4, 2010 local time (16:35 3 September UTC ). 48, no. We did about 185 chimneys, we either made secure or we took down, so most of them had to be taken down, well probably a 50-50 split to be perfectly honest. Fri 3 Sep 2010 19.21 EDT. Others were injured during aftershocks or while cleaning up their properties. Our first neighbour – an elderly gentleman, whose wife is wheelchair-bound – was quite alright, but profoundly grateful that we came knocking on his door so soon to check on him. Writing to Mana Magazine after the February 2011 earthquake, Lill’s sister, Gloria, told of the family’s pain that Lill’s death had not been recognised, even though an interim coroner’s finding stated that she ‘had died from sudden cardiac arrest caused by a major stress situation – the earthquake’. In the early hours of Saturday morning on 4 September 2010, people in Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region were jolted awake by the most damaging earthquake in New Zealand since the deadly magnitude 7.8 Hawke's Bay (Napier) earthquake in 1931. 8-9; ‘Christchurch quake blamed for death’, Herald on Sunday, 12 September 2010; ‘First Christchurch quake victim’s family share the pain’, Herald on Sunday, 4 September 2011. [4], The earthquake, ongoing aftershocks and their impact on homes, businesses and communities affected the mental health of Cantabrians in a range of ways. It has been known as the Greendale, Darfield, Rolleston, September or Canterbury Earthquake. The earthquake shook apart some older unreinforced brick and masonry buildings, and many more lost chimneys, either during the earthquake or through subsequent removal because of the risk they posed. This article was written by Imelda Bargas and produced by the NZHistory team. 2010 Darfield (Canterbury) Earthquake In the early hours of Saturday morning on 4 September 2010, people in Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region were jolted awake by the most damaging earthquake in New Zealand since the deadly magnitude 7.8 Hawke's Bay (Napier) earthquake in 1931. The February 22, 2011, Christchurch earthquake (Mw=6.3) is the biggest aftershock of the 2010 Canterbury earthquake that is located at about 50 km to the east of the mainshock. One truck started at East, one started at West, and the van we sent around to Rapaki and Corsair Bay, just to do a circuit, to make sure no one was in dire straits of any degree. http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/82/story/According to the earthquake drums [seismographs] it lasted about a minute, but it felt much longer! That’s where Joan Curry was when the quake struck on 22 February 2011: After the first earthquake, on 4th September, 2010, I declared that I wouldn’t want to be in a shopping mall should another one strike – but there I was, in a mall. Becker, D.M. 756-63, Ian Stuart, Quake: the big Canterbury earthquake of 2010, Harper Collins, Auckland, 2010, The Press, The big quake: Canterbury, September 4, 2010, Random House New Zealand, Auckland, 2010. We followed a 4×4 across the bridge and only just made it in our sedan with the car scraping over the gaps. Rebecca, who was living in Aranui, shared this account of her efforts to reach her son: September 4th 2010. Not everyone was at home. Immediately after the September earthquake, the number of international guest nights fell by 6 per cent. A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island last night, causing widespread damage to buildings, although there were few injuries. Ten more follow in the next minute and the ‘hashtag #earthquake ‘burst’ at 4:… At 4:35 am on 4 September 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale shook Christchurch west, in the Canterbury region causing damage to houses and property. ... centred 10km east of Darfield Faultlines Geologists say Canterbury is riddled with more earthquake-generating … I was so angry I picked up the surviving one and lifted it over my head ready to smash it but Frank saw me and yelled ‘That’s not broken!’ I didn’t smash it…. They posed a risk, with another little aftershock or with a bit of high wind. The littlest sound makes me jump at night although I am still a little jumpy during the day. Night brings on the nerves, the ill feelings and the need for adult company to feel safe. The region’s port and airport remained operational, and its manufacturing hub did not sustain significant damage, minimising the disruption to ‘industrial production and good exports and activity’. Some damaging aftershocks followed the main event, the strongest of which was a magnitude 6.3 shock known as the … A 2012 Reserve Bank report concluded that Canterbury’s economy had proved ‘reasonably resilient to the impact of the earthquakes’, and that ‘the spill over to other regions’ was limited. Despite their efforts, and those of the ambulance officers who soon arrived, she died on her way to hospital. It shook Cantabrians, their properties, their land and their lives. All non-text content is subject to specific conditions. It revealed the existence of a hidden west-east fault under the gravels of the Canterbury Plains. It didn’t seem that we could be of any assistance, so we left them to it; there were no doubt caregivers inside.http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/612/story/. 3, September 2012. Luckily in the Brigade we’ve got builders, quite a few people that are involved with structural work, civil engineering, so we’ve got quite a good make up in the brigade as far as a cross section of people. But they also caused real fear and anxiety – both for people’s own safety and that of their families, friends and neighbours, and for what they might mean for the future of their homes, businesses and community. Live earthquake details from Canterbury, New Zealand. [1] Some went sightseeing in quake-damaged areas. http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/721/story/. The 2010 Canterbury earthquake was a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am September 4, 2010 local time (16:35 3 September UTC). Bruises, sprains and strains were most common, followed by cuts, dislocations and broken bones. The 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (CES), including the moment magnitude (M w) 7.1 Darfield earthquake and M w 6.2, 6.0, 5.9, and 5.8 aftershocks, occurred on a suite of previously unidentified, primarily blind, active faults in the eastern South Island of New Zealand. A Mw6.2 (ML6.3) earthquake occurred in Christchurch on Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 12:51 p.m. local time (23:51 UTC, 21 February). 1905, All Blacks' non-try hands Wales historic win, Home Around six months later, at 12:51 pm on 22 February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit south-east of Christchurch. Culture and Society The chimneys we took down were the ones that would fall over and go through someone’s roof or fall onto a pathway where there could be people walking, so we had all these sorts of things.http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/515/story/, Following the 4 September 2010 earthquake, Canterbury University student Sam Johnson set up a Facebook page on which he called for volunteers to help with recovery efforts. The Canterbury District Health Board also noted an increase in admissions to cardiac services in the days immediately after the earthquake. As Margaret Jefferies notes in her Quake Story (one of a series of interviews carried out by Bettina Evans of Project Lyttelton): My first reaction when the earthquake hit was ‘Oh my God, if it’s this big here, how big is it in Wellington?’ Because I have been so believing it’s Wellington that’s the earthquake place. For example, 3 News reported that between 4.35 a.m. and 7 a.m. the operators at Christchurch’s 111 Communications Centre, based at the Christchurch Central Police Station, took four or five times the usual number of calls – 788 rather than 172. Rossiter, ‘An overview of the impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015, Geoff Rice, All fall down: Christchurch’s lost chimneys, Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2011, Casey Rowney, Panteá Farvid and Chris G. Sibley, ‘I laugh and say I have “earthquake brain!”’: resident responses to the September 2010 Christchurch earthquake’, New Zealand Journal of Psychology, vol. After large aftershocks, or tremors which particularly affected a specific area, shops, schools and workplaces closed while buildings were assessed or reassessed for damage. 8, 2014, pp. The 2010 Canterbury earthquake (also known as the Darfield earthquake) struck the South Island of New Zealand with a moment magnitude of 7.1 at 4:35 am local time on 4 September, and had a maximum perceived intensity of X (Extreme) on the Mercalli intensity scale. Initial reports put the magnitude at 7.4, the epicentre 30 km west of Christchurch and the depth at 33 km. Others stayed close to home, adjusting their routines to avoid sites they perceived as unsafe, such as unreinforced masonry buildings, or where they might be trapped among large crowds, such as shopping centres. We had, oh we had chimneys by the dozens and dozens and dozens. It was really nice to see everyone come together….http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/519/story/. That sequence of earthquakes was the most damaging natural disaster to occur in New Zealand in recorded history. Everything was fine and then I suppose it took a good hour or so, even an hour and a half after daylight before people looked at their houses and realised there were a few issues, so that’s when we started our turnouts and we were doing chimneys, retaining walls, hot water cylinders, foundations of houses. 2010 Canterbury earthquake - Several older buildings in the Christchurch CBD collapsed 2010 Canterbury earthquake - Repairing one of the numerous chimneys damaged 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Two men in their fifties sustained major injuries. [9], It caused a lot of damage and cut off power and water supply, mainly in the city of Christchurch. Around six months later, at 12:51 pm on 22 February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit south-east of Christchurch. Research undertaken with a group of 191 Canterbury residents identified a range of psychological impacts, including fear, anxiety, sleep disturbance, hypervigilance, feelings of ‘being in limbo’ or guilt, and the physical and emotional demands of tending to others. The main quake was felt widely across the South Island, and in the North Island as far north as New Plymouth. A plinth in the middle of the room had three figures on it but two had fallen off and were lying amongst the smashed ceramics on the floor. That’s the beauty of being a volunteer brigade. How are they coping? I eventually got hold of him and ran to his doorway and stood there until the shaking stopped.http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/161/story/. The page quickly gained thousands of fans, many of whom committed themselves to helping with the clean-up. [7]. [2] ‘Quake directly beneath Christchurch’, Press, 27 December 2010. This will be terrifying!’ knowing with distance it will get smaller, so that was my first reaction. [6] Janet K. Spittlehouse, Peter R. Joyce, Esther Vierck, Philip J. Schluter and John F. Pearson, ‘Ongoing adverse mental health impact of the earthquake sequence in Christchurch, New Zealand’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. The earthquake was felt throughout the South Island and as far north as New Plymouth. I’m certainly not in a rush for Mark to start working nights again. http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/129/story/The room was being swayed from side to side so I couldn’t even stand. The 2010 Canterbury earthquake (also known as the Darfield earthquake) struck the South Island of New Zealand with a moment magnitude of 7.1 at 4:35 a.m. local time on 4 September, and had a maximum perceived intensity of X (Extreme) on the Mercalli intensity scale. The coroner’s final finding was death by natural causes (sudden cardiac death), with the earthquake – a ‘high stress situation’ – a contributing factor. 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