On 22 February 2011 at 12:51 p.m. local time, a moment magnitude Mw 6.3 earthquake occurred beneath the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, causing an level of damage and human casualties unparalleled in the country's history. Compared to the preceding 4 September 2010 Mw 7.1 Darfield earthquake, which occurred approximately 30 km to the west of Christchurch, the close proximity of the 22 February event led to ground motions of significantly higher amplitude in the densely populated regions of Christchurch. As a result of these significantly larger ground motions, structures in general, and commercial structures in the central...

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