Case study high income country (HIC): Christchurch 2011
An earthquake-damaged home stands at the edge of a cliff in Christchurch
The earthquake struck on 22 February 2011. It was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake and the focus was very shallow at 4.99 km deep. The earthquake happened on a conservative plate margin between the Pacific Plate and the Australian Plate.
181 people were killed.
Over 50 per cent of the city's buildings were damaged.
The city's cathedral spire collapsed.
Water and sewage pipes were damaged.
Businesses were closed for a long time.
Christchurch couldn't hold the five Rugby World Cup matches.
Schools were closed for two weeks due to the damage.
International aid was provided (around $6-7 million).
Aid workers from charities such as the Red Cross came to help.
Areas were zoned to assess damage.
300 Australian police officers were flown in.
$898 million in building insurance claims.
Water and sewerage were restored to the city by August 2011.