Christchurch - 1 year after the devastating quake

Earthquake-report.com readers may ask themselves what earthquake caused the greatest proportion of losses for a nation in 2011?

The Christchurch Cathedral after the earthquake

The Christchurch Earthquake and the associated aftershocks in June caused over $20 billion USD damage and counting. For a nation with a GDP (Nom.) of around $140 billion USD at the time of the event, this caused a hit of around 14% - more than the Japanese earthquake to Japan.

- Liquefaction has been the cause of many houses to be classed as "red zoned". 6805 houses have been red zoned. 653 houses remain orange zoned (awaiting red or green zoning).
- Around 181000+ houses were damaged or destroyed as a result of the February earthquake and associated quakes.
- Sep 2010, Feb 2011 and June 2011 and aftershocks combine to around 30 billion NZD (22 billion USD)
- 10,000 earthquakes and associated aftershocks from September 2010 to February 2012
- 20,000 road repairs done
- 12km of sewer mains and 4km of sewer pipes replaced
- 27km of water main replacements completed
- 21,000 tonnes of asphalt has been laid
- 200,000 cubic metres of metal used in reconstruction
- 535,000 tonnes of silt removed (due to liquefaction)
- Around 1200 buildings in the city centre will be demolished (around 600 have currently been demolished.
- 8900 people left the city up to June 2011, with population estimates in 2012 expecting a further decrease.

Services to mark the first anniversary of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake will occur in Christchurch at the following times (NZST):-
Service 2011 Christchurch Earthquake ---- 8am-8.45am, Latimer Square
Civic Memorial Service ---- 12 noon-1.30pm, North Hagley Park
Christchurch Earthquake Awards ---- 2pm-4pm, North Hagley Park

The final death toll has risen to 185. For a full list of fatalities, see below.

A quick comparison of the New Zealand and Tohoku Earthquakes in Numbers

The two most impacting largest earthquakes of the year will now be compared. In comparison to last year, both Japan and New Zealand have very high development and were both able to cover their economic and social losses internally; yet much aid was still given internationally for these disasters.

A comparison of the Christchurch and Tohoku earthquakes in terms of numbers

Parameter Christchurch, NZ Tohoku EQ, Japan
Magnitude 6.343Ml 9.0Mw
Hyp. Depth (km) 5, onshore 24, offshore
Max. Intensity X IX
Tsunamigenic Yes (local, landslide) Yes (Pacific-wide)
Largest Aftershock (Mw) n/a, since possibly an aftershock 7.7-7.9
Total damaged buildings 181000+ (6805 red zone CERA) 1038854 (127185 destroyed)
Fatalities 185 dead and missing 15844 dead, 3451 missing = 19295
Injuries 2164 5652
Homeless Approx. 40000 Approx. 450000
Economic Losses (USD)

incl. nuclear disasters

$16bn ($15bn-$20bn) Direct $594.5bn ($479bn-$710bn) Total

$334.5bn ($295bn-$374bn) Direct

As a % of Nominal GDP (PPP) 9.48% (8.88%-11.85%) Direct 12.66% (10.20%-15.12%) Total

7.13% (6.28%-7.97%) Direct

As a % of Nom. GDP 12.95% (12.14%-16.19%) Direct 9.50% (7.65%-11.34%) Total

5.34% (4.71%-5.98%) Direct

GDP (PPP) per capita highest year, 1980 to 2011 2011 2011
Total Insured Loss (USD) $15bn ($13.5bn-$18bn) $36bn ($29.4bn-$45bn)
Total Int. Aid (ReliefWeb) Approx. $110mn USD (Appeal) Approx. $4000mn USD (Red Cross)
Transparency International Corruption Index 1st/183, 9.5/10 (Dec. 2011) =14th/183, 8/10 (Dec. 2011)
Population density in affected regions Canterbury region (12.4/km2), 595000 Miyagi (321/km2), 2337513

Fukushima (154/km2), 2028752

Iwate (90/km2), 1330530

Ibaraki (486/km2), 2964141

Chiba (1203/km2), 6201046

Population density in most affected cities Christchurch (843/km2), 390000 Sendai City (1305/km2), 1031704
Total Population 2011 4.434 million 127.105 million
Rate of natural increase 7.8 per 1000 -0.02 per 1000
HDI (2011) 0.908 (5th/187) 0.901 (12th/187)
Non-Income HDI (2011) 0.978 (2nd/187) 0.940 (10 th/187)
Unemployment Increase 962 (17.88% increase) 70000 in the 3 most affected regions (75% increase)

 


 

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the following from earthquake-report.com :-
Dr Maysoon Mahdi ABBAS
Lalaine Collado AGATEP
Dr Husam Sabar AL-ANI
Jane-Marie ALBERTS
Mary Louise Anne Bantillo AMANTILLO
Jayden Brytane ANDREWS-HOWLAND
Emmabelle Cabahug ANOBA
Marina ARAI
Linda Isobel ARNOLD
Pamela Christina BARKLE
Matthew Lyle BEAUMONT
Dr Dominic Joseph Gerard BELL
Heidi Julie BERG
Valquin Descalsota BENSURTO
Carey Stuart BIRD
Andrew James Llewellyn BISHOP
Nina Jane BISHOP
Iris BOTTING
Pamela (Pam) Maree BRIEN
Rhys Frank BROOKBANKS
Melanie Jane BROWN
Henry Ross BUSH
Ivy Jane CABUNILAS
Yu CAI
Ian Neville CALDWELL
Cristiano CARAZO-CHANDLER
Helen Margaret CHAMBERS
Yang CHEN
John Kristoffer Villegas CHUA
Susan Patricia CHUTER
Stephen COCHRANE
Rachel Elizabeth CONLEY
Philip Graeme Reeve COPPEARD
Patrick John COUPE
Donald Ashby COWEY
Andrew Christian Ross CRAIG
John Barry CRAIG (known as Barry)
Estelle Marie CULLEN
Dr Tamara CVETANOVA
Betty Irene DICKSON
Joanna Clare DIDHAM
Jennifer Ann DONALDSON
Paul Clarence DUNLOP
Marielle FALARDEAU
Dian Mary FALCONER
Adam Stephen FISHER
Maureen Valerie FLETCHER
Ian FOLDESI
Jewel Jose FRANCISCO
Samuel Reese GIBB
Jaime Robert McDowell GILBERT
Joanne May GILES
Baxtor GOWLAND
Elizabeth Jane GRANT (known as Jane)
Natasha Sarah HADFIELD
Yuki HAMASAKI
Xiling HAN
Tamara Lia HARCA
Jayden HARRIS
Yuki HASUMOTO
Yumiko HATA
Miki HAYASAKA
Wen HE
Jen/Jin HII
Marion Isabella McKirdy HILBERS
Yuko HIRABAYASHI
Yoshiko HIRAUCHI
Christopher Grant HOMAN
Amanda Jane HOOPER
Megumi HORITA
Hifumi HOSHIBA
Siwen HUO
Haruki HYAKUMAN
Rika HYUGA
Toshiko IMAOKA
Gabi INGEL
Thanydha INTARANGKUN
Tomoki ISHIKURO
Kyle Brandon JACK-MIDGLEY
Man JIN
Kayo KANAMARU
Kyoko KAWAHATA
Beverley Faye KENNEDY
Saori KIKUDA
Yasuhiro KITAGAWA
Chang LAI
Wai Fong LAU
Hsin Hung LEE
Normand LEE
Jin-Yan LENG
Ofer LEVY
De LI
Wanju LI
Xia LI
Phimphorn LIANGCHUEA
Adrienne Isobel LINDSAY
Haruthaya LUANGSURAPEESAKUL
Shawn LUCAS
Scott William Emerson LUCY
Catherine McNicol LUNNEY
Philip John McDONALD
Matthew Stuart McEACHEN
Owen Thomas McKENNA
Teresa MCLEAN nee ELMS
Donna Merrie MANNING
Kelly Lynn MAYNARD
Heather Marilyn MEADOWS
Ezra Mae Sabayton MEDALLE
Janet Dawn MELLER
Adrienne MEREDITH
Ofer Binyamin MIZRAHI
Kelsey Sinitta MOORE
Emi MURAKAMI
Jillian Lesley MURPHY
Melissa Ann NEALE
Erica Avir Reyes NORA
Blair James O’CONNOR
John Joseph O’CONNOR
Noriko OTSUBO
Linda Rosemary PARKER
Joseph Tehau POHIO
Taneysha Gail PRATTLEY
Wanpen PREEKLANG
Jessie Lloyd REDOBLE
Deborah Ann ROBERTS
Joseph Stuart ROUTLEDGE (known as Stuart)
Lucy ROUTLEDGE
Jeff Pelesa SANFT
Saya SAKUDA
Yoko SAKURAI
Gillian SAYERS
Susan Lyn SELWAY
Emma SHAHARUDIN
Elizabeth SINCLAIR
Dr Allan Alexander SINCLAIR
Christopher Patrick SMITH
Christine Patricia (Trish) STEPHENSON
Reta STEWART
Beverley May STICK
Earl Nicholas STICK
Michael Stuart Coulter STYANT
Neil Glyn STOCKER
Rhea Mae SUMALPONG
Yoko SUZUKI
Te Taki (Wally) TAIRAKENA
Hiroko TAMANO
Brian Warrington TAYLOR
Isaac James THOMPSON
Desley Ann THOMSON
Lesley Jane THOMSON
Gregory James TOBIN
Shane Robert TOMLIN
Elsa TORRES DE FROOD
Asuka TSUCHIHASHI
Hui Yun TU
Yurika UCHIHIRA
Amanda Jayne (Mandy) URIAO
Valeri VOLNOV
Jittra WAITHAYATADAPONG
Limin WANG
Tao WANG
Graham WEILD
Joan Dorothy WEILD
Lisa Patricia WILLEMS
Murray John WOOD
Julie Kathryn WONG
Siriphan WONGBUNNGAM
Owen Morris WRIGHT
Stephen Robert WRIGHT
Paul Khye Soon WU
Sisi XIN
Linlin XU
Xiujuan XU
Ayako YAMAGUCHI
Didem YAMAN
Mina YAMATANI
Caiying YE
Saki YOKOTA
Gilhwan YU
Naon YU
Hui ZHANG
Weiyu ZHANG
Di-Di ZHANG
Yantao ZHONG
Xioa-Li ZHOU

Update February 22, 2012

Memorial services are being held across  Christchurch, and New Zealand, tomorrow to remember those who died in the 22 February 2011 Earthquake. The public commemorative events are to mark the first anniversary of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake in which 185 people died.
8am-8.45am, Latimer Square
A service focused towards the families of those lost and first responders. Members of the public can view the service on a large screen.
12 noon-1.30pm, North Hagley Park
A public event for the whole community, this service includes musical accompaniment from Christchurch school children, the reading of the names of the 185 lost and an observance of two minutes’ silence at 12.51pm.
Christchurch Earthquake Awards - 2pm-4pm, North Hagley Park
This is a public event for the whole community where we recognize the earthquake heroes.

Comments

  1. our prayers for our lost brothers and sisters.

    may the majesty of the forgiving Lord shine upon them into the Light of Faith.

    may the promises of the splendor of Truth guide them into the Light of Justice at last.