Post Earthquake Christchurch
On 22nd February 2011 at 12.51pm, the city of Christchurch was torn apart and changed forever by a violent 6.3 magnitude earthquake. It followed a 7.1 magnitude earthquake on September 4th, 2010
Two more significant earthquakes followed on June the 13th and December 23rd, both of magnitude 6.0.
By mid-2012, most of the damaged buildings of Christchurch and Lyttelton had been demolished. The city has commenced a reconstruction and rebuilding on a scale unprecedented in New Zealand history. 30,000 workers from all parts of the globe are estimated to be here for the rebuild by 2013.
After 12,000 aftershocks over a period of two years, seismic activity in Christchurch is declining.
Lonely Planet has described Christchurch as “re-emerging as one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities”. In the CBD, the RE: Start development features almost 30 retailers in colourful shipping containers on Cashel Mall.
Shipping containers have become the new symbol for the city. Many damaged and demolished businesses have now re-emerged in funky shipping containers whether they be bars, cafes, retail shops or makeshift braces for older damaged buildings.
The city has changed with a new focus on the suburbs. Addington on the edge of the CDB is Christchurch’s new most dynamic neighbourhood. Riccarton has become a lively venue for bars and restaurants. In fact, many pre-earthquake restaurants have moved to the suburbs.
A lot of Hotels, Motels and Hostels are still operating. Head out of Christchurch and there are only a few reminders of the earthquake damage; bumpy roads and cracked fences, older buildings with cracks.