2, July 2014, p. 7. 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. A number of Canterbury’s most important heritage buildings were severely damaged by the September 2010 earthquakes. We lost work at the Form gallery in Christchurch, so we thought Kaiapoi isn’t going to recover in a hurry. Most Cantabrians were at home and asleep when the 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the region before dawn on Saturday 4 September 2010. They posed a risk, with another little aftershock or with a bit of high wind. All non-text content is subject to specific conditions. The 2010 Canterbury earthquake, which struck a decade ago on Friday, shocked New Zealand and made headlines around the world. 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 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. An old lady came out. Familiar travel routes around the region were constantly disrupted as streets, bridges and tunnels were closed for inspection and re-inspection. 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. 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…. Research about the effects of the September earthquake on a group of 191 Canterbury residents highlights the psychological impact of the aftershocks: After the main earthquake, accounts of ongoing trepidation related to the aftershocks and concern of another earthquake happening were reported…. They were to answer many more in the following days. Johnston and K.P. . We followed a 4×4 across the bridge and only just made it in our sedan with the car scraping over the gaps. http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/82/story/According to the earthquake drums [seismographs] it lasted about a minute, but it felt much longer! 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. It just reopens all the fear that people were just starting to get over. Initial reports put the magnitude at 7.4, the epicentre 30 km west of Christchurch and the depth at 33 km. The main quake was felt widely across the South Island, and in the North Island as far north as New Plymouth. The September earthquake inflicted a wide range of damage on buildings – everything from minor spills and breakages to structural damage to foundations, walls and roofs. There confusion reigned supreme. 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. After large aftershocks, or tremors which particularly affected a specific area, shops, schools and workplaces closed while buildings were assessed or reassessed for damage. The September 4, 2010, Canterbury earthquake with a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.1 is a crustal earthquake in the South Island, New Zealand. Others were injured during aftershocks or while cleaning up their properties. 2010 Canterbury earthquake - Several older buildings in the Christchurch CBD collapsed 2010 Canterbury earthquake - Repairing one of the numerous chimneys damaged 2011 Christchurch earthquake. As well as damaging properties and the local economy, the earthquake had both physical and psychological effect…  ‘Acknowledgement for Lill’, Mana Magazine, April-May 2011, pp. 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. 3, September 2012, S.H. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Individual businesses also suffered badly – whether from damage to stock or buildings, the impact of damage to infrastructure such as roads and utilities, or because of a decline in the demand for their services. 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 ). Clock stopped after September 2010 earthquake. 1905, All Blacks' non-try hands Wales historic win, Home On Saturday, September 4, 2010, New Zealanders woke to incredible images of upended and broken homes and distraught residents. Rebecca, who was living in Aranui, shared this account of her efforts to reach her son: September 4th 2010. 1-3. 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. I’m certainly not in a rush for Mark to start working nights again. , The earthquake, ongoing aftershocks and their impact on homes, businesses and communities affected the mental health of Cantabrians in a range of ways. ... centred 10km east of Darfield Faultlines Geologists say Canterbury is riddled with more earthquake-generating … 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/.  Miles Parker and Daan Steenkamp, ‘The economic impact of the Canterbury earthquake’, Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, vol. http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/129/story/The room was being swayed from side to side so I couldn’t even stand. Around six months later, at 12:51 pm on 22 February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit south-east of Christchurch. It was relatively shallow – around 10 km deep – and produced the strongest earthquake ground-shaking ever recorded in New Zealand. On 4 September 2010 at 4:35am, the Canterbury region of New Zealand was hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Jump to navigation Jump to search. It was centred 40 km west of Christchurch, near the town of Darfield, at a depth of 10 km. Want to share your experience of the September earthquake? Some sectors were hit hard, ‘notably retail, accommodation and hospitality’. 4 Sep, 2010 01:11 AM 5 minutes to read. 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. Later analysis shows the magnitude was 7.1, the epicentre 40 km west of Christchurch, near Darfield, and the depth 11 km.  Two people were seriously injured. Aftershocks continued for months after the September quake. 48, no. The 4.9-magnitude aftershock that hit the region at 10.30 a.m. on Boxing Day 2010 hit retailers particularly hard. I stumbled from the bed and slammed into the door frame whilst trying to get to my son, I eventually made it to his room, I fumbled for the light switch and couldn’t work out why it wouldn’t turn on, I gave up and carried on to his cot. The earthquake was felt throughout the South Island and as far north as New Plymouth. The 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake. 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Some went sightseeing in quake-damaged areas. The majority of these people were injured during the primary earthquake, for example by tripping or falling. 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. Culture and Society It was 4.35 a.m. when they were awakened abruptly.  The total cost of damages may be as high as NZ$2 billion. I tried numerous times to get my son out of his cot but the shaking was so violent it was difficult to grab hold of him. While most came from the South Island, there were some from the lower North Island and Stewart Island. Widely felt over the South Island and the southern North Island, it caused considerable damage in central Canterbury, especially in Christchurch. Around 200 students turned up to the group’s first foray into the community – clearing up liquefaction in the south-western suburb of Halswell. The earthquake shaking also produced liquefaction - ‘a liquid mush’ of soft sand and silt. Fri 3 Sep 2010 19.21 EDT. 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. Some hadn’t finished their Friday night partying, while shift workers were already out and about. 75, no. These workers didn’t go unnoticed, as Gary Manch, who was then the sergeant in charge of police in Lyttelton, remembered: I think what stuck for me, I know it happened in other areas as well, myself and my staff were tied up at cordons on the street and working, and the reaction of the local people, we had people bringing in baking and I noticed a couple of postcards, written and drawn by children saying ‘thank you very much’, and it was really nice that the community cared and that we were appreciated. Before the 22 February 2011 earthquake, the cost of repairs and rebuilding was estimated at around $5 billion. 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’. 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. 4.35 a.m.A strong earthquake strikes Canterbury. 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. Her family tried to revive her and to contact emergency services on overloaded phone lines. The Canterbury District Health Board also noted an increase in admissions to cardiac services in the days immediately after the earthquake. 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. We have 1 event in history, 2 biographies, 7 articles, related to September 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake. The screen went blank, and our world cracked and roared, bucked and swayed, and our city began to fall down and apart. 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. It revealed the existence of a hidden west-east fault under the gravels of the Canterbury Plains. Two men in their fifties sustained major injuries.  .  It was relatively shallow – around 10 km deep – and produced the strongest earthquake ground-shaking ever recorded in New Zealand.  Strong aftershocks were reported, including ones of magnitude 5.3. How are they coping? Still, many thousands of people faced a massive clean-up, the rebuilding of their homes and businesses, and a lengthy process of physical and psychological recovery - while being jolted by aftershocks, and living in fear of another large earthquake. This threat became grim reality on 22 February 2011. 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 So we started doing all those sorts of things. Next we thought we might be needed at the neighbouring rest home. , A state of emergency was declared by Civil Defence for Christchurch and the Selwyn District. While many Wellingtonians did feel the earthquake, it was centred in Canterbury and experienced most strongly in that region. 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 … Among them were the main homestead at Homebush, near Darfield and the epicentre; Ohinetahi homestead at Governors Bay, at the head of Lyttelton Harbour; and Knox Church in the Christchurch CBD. 43, no. 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. The epicentre of the Canterbury earthquake was near the town of Darfield, 40km to the west of Christchurch. Desc: The 2010 Canterbury 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 on the Mercalli intensity scale. It was the first Canterbury earthquake which fair walloped Kaiapoi. The Situation. Despite their efforts, and those of the ambulance officers who soon arrived, she died on her way to hospital. Driving through town, lights were out including traffic lights. It makes extensive use of contributions to QuakeStories, a website established by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in 2011. 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. For the severe aftershock of 22 February 2011, see 2011 Christchurch earthquake. But I must have then found out it was local.http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/364/story/. Immediately after the September earthquake, the number of international guest nights fell by 6 per cent. Many people jumped out of bed and headed to work after the earthquake struck. . , It caused a lot of damage and cut off power and water supply, mainly in the city of Christchurch. We had, oh we had chimneys by the dozens and dozens and dozens. 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. 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. 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. State of national emergency. As Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale told the Press at the time: It's been hard enough getting back on our feet after the first earthquake and we were just starting to get some normality back into customers' psyche and getting a bit of positivity back and this is just a blow…. 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. The earthquake causes extensive power outages, and damage to water and sewerage systems. 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. By the time a devastating 6.3-magnitude earthquake – itself, in seismic terms, an aftershock – struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011, the region had experienced thousands. Not everyone was at home. 4.36 a.m. English: 2010 Canterbury earthquake was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 16:35 3 September UTC. As well as damaging properties and the local economy, the earthquake had both physical and psychological effects on Canterbury residents. 75, no. 8, 2014, pp.  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. Those living near the coast soon realised that the earthquake might have caused a tsunami, and many headed for the hills or higher ground. 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). September 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake. It shook Cantabrians, their properties, their land and their lives. Despite being smaller on the Richter Scale, this second earthquake caused widespread … In an interview in Kaiapoi shakes, Rachel recalls seeing the gallery for the first time after the September quake, and the decision to close the business at the end of 2010: I opened the door and completely lost the plot. 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. 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. 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. Ambulance, fire and police officers, doctors, nurses and carers, council workers and those responsible for essential services, left their families, neighbours and properties to look after the wider community. 2010 Canterbury earthquake It has been known as the Greendale, Darfield, Rolleston, September or Canterbury Earthquake. 3, September 2012. One was hit by a falling chimney while the other was seriously injured by broken glass. I’d told the kids before that it would be all right but the reality was so different. A recent post was centred on images of the fault rupture of the September 2010 Canterbury earthquake in New Zealand. The Canterbury earthquakes are not the largest earthquakes in New Zealand's history, but the February quake has lead to more costly damage than for any other natural disaster in New Zealand.. After the first Canterbury earthquake the National Crisis Management Centre in the basement of the Beehive in Wellington was activated. We could only fling out a hand, clutch an arm rest, call out, exclaim, gasp, wait …http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/702/story/. It was really nice to see everyone come together….http://www.quakestories.govt.nz/519/story/. 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. It was based on the Greendale fault, which is a newly discovered fault. Over the next two weeks the group, which began calling itself the Student Volunteer Army, ‘provided safe and organized volunteer placement, transport, food, and support for over 2500 students’. The aftershocks were so frequent that many households and workplaces made a kind of game of guessing their magnitude, depth and location. Initially some Cantabrians worried that they were feeling an even more severe earthquake centred near Wellington – an area known for its seismic activity and where many New Zealanders expected ‘the big one’ to hit. In the South Island, these plates mainly slide past each other horizontally, producing earthquakes along fault lines such as the Alpine fault. 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/. Those able to reach work faced a hectic short-staffed shift and many more busy days ahead. I was woken by what I thought was the worst shaking I have ever felt in my life, my husband and I woke and sat up at the exact same time, he yelled earthquake at me, I knew it was but still for a split second I wondered if he was right. The first tweet about the earthquake is received. 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. Businesses in the city centre were closed the day of the quake. 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 the main faults that mark the plate boundary itself. Commercial re-use may be allowed on request.  Read more on Te Ara. This will be terrifying!’ knowing with distance it will get smaller, so that was my first reaction. On 4 September 2010 a moment magnitude (M w) 7.1 earthquake occurred near the small town of Darfield in the Canterbury Plains of the South Island of New Zealand (; Fig. It was centred 40 km west of Christchurch, near the town of Darfield, at a depth of 10 km. 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). A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island last night, causing widespread damage to buildings, although there were few injuries. 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