Archive for February 22nd, 2011


Silt, Sand & Gravel

February 22, 2011

Christchurch NZ; a sister-city of Seattle

Christchurch is built on silt, sand and gravel, with a water table beneath. In an earthquake, the water rises, mixing with the sand and turning the ground into a swamp and swallowing up sections of road and entire cars.

Deadly quake rocks Christchurch, New Zealand read more

Christchurch Cathedral, before

Christchurch Earthquake: I’m sort of squashed…… more

Christchurch Cathedral, after

The 6.3 magnitude quake – classed by experts as an aftershock to last September’s 7.1 quake – struck at 12.51pm (10.51am AEDT).

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says 65 people died in the earthquake that devastated Christchurch today.

”The death toll I have at the moment is 65 and that may rise. So it’s an absolute tragedy for this city, for New Zealand, for the people that we care so much about,” Mr Key told TVNZ. ”It’s a terrifying time for the people of Canterbury.”  read more