At 04:35 on Saturday 4 September 2010 local time (16:35 on 3 September UT) a moment magnitude (Mw) 7.1 earthquake struck approximately 10 km southeast of the town of Darfield and within 40 km of New Zealand's second largest city, Christchurch, causing extensive damage in the city and surrounding region. There was no loss of life due to a fortunate combination of strict building codes and the earthquake occurring at 04:35 local time when the streets were largely empty, but about 100 people were injured (two seriously) and many more were made homeless, at least temporarily. Current...

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