Today in Earthquake History

On February 21st...

M6.1 - South Island of New Zealand, 2011

At least 181 people killed, 1,500 injured and about 100,000 buildings destroyed or damaged (VIII) in the Christchurch-Lyttleton area. Landslides and liquefaction occurred in the area. Felt in much of Canterbury and as far as Invercargill and Palmerston North.

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