The magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale earthquake on 22 February 2011 means Christchurch, New Zealand accommodation has changed forever!
The centre of the Christchurch Central Business District (CBD) is still currently closed to the public. Even business owners are not allowed into the area for safety reasons. Rescue recovery work is continuing. The death toll is currently 166.
I understand that a percentage of accommodation in the area will need to be demolished. Most of the accommodation that is affected is hotel accommodation, backpackers and bed and breakfast style accommodation.
There is still a large amount of accommodation to the north and west of the city that only had minimal damage and more accommodation that is unaffected. To really understand this you need to realize that although the earthquake and aftershocks were felt widely, most of the damage was in the CBD, on the hills and to the east of the city.
My own home received significant damage inside yet we moved to a place five minutes away for a few nights and I was amazed at how little you felt the aftershocks there in comparison with our home. Listening to locals I have also learned that people in some parts of the city had no idea of the damage at first as the 6.3 aftershock seemed just like another mild shock.
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