Christchurch Earthquake
As we all know, on February 22nd a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch in New Zealand.
There was extensive damage and loss of life.
Authorities predict the death toll to reach 240.
Some foreign students including Japanese nationals were affected in some cases fatally.
The city is quite old and has many old buildings that weren’t designed to withstand an earthquake.
This, like the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, is one of the main reasons there were so many fatalities.
Christchurch only has a population just under 400 000, which is a reason there weren’t as many deaths as the Hanshin Earthquake.
Just recently 5 Japanese students were found during rescue operations which has not only been a boost for rescue workers but for the people of Japan and the students’ families.