The 22 February 2011 magnitude 6.1 Christchurch earthquake that devastated extensive areas of New Zealand's south island is the focus of the November-December 2011 issue of Seismological Research Letters.

The earthquake, centered southeast of Christchurch, was part of the aftershock sequence that has been occurring since the September 2010 magnitude 7.1 quake near Darfield, 40 km west of the city. The Christchurch earthquake killed at least 166 people, damaged or destroyed more than 100,000 buildings, and is New Zealand's most deadly disaster since the earthquake that struck the Napier and Hastings area on 3 February 1931.

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