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New Zealand: Earthquake - Feb 2011

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A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch (population 340,000) on 22 February 2011, causing widespread damage throughout the city and killing 181 people. About 2,000 people sought shelter in evacuation centers. The economic damage was estimated at NZD 15 to 16 billion. (IFRC, 31 Aug 2011)

A state of national emergency in Christchurch was declared in the aftermath of the earthquake on 22 February 2011 and was in effect until 30 April 2011. (Govt, 1 May 2011)