During the period between September 2010 and June 2011, the city of Christchurch was strongly shaken by a series of earthquakes that included the 4 September 2010 (Mw = 7.1), 26 December 2010 (Mw = 4.8), 22 February 2011 (Mw = 6.2), and 13 June 2011 (Mw = 5.3 and Mw = 6.0) earthquakes. The moment magnitude (Mw) values adopted in this paper are taken from GNS Science, New Zealand (http://www.geonet.org.nz); they are 0.1 units higher than the corresponding Mw values reported by the U.S....

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