Story: Historic earthquakes

Flickr exhibition: earthquake damage in Christchurch, February 2011

The internet was a pivotal source of information following the severe earthquake in Christchurch in February 2011. Within minutes following the quake hundreds of people posted photographs of damage onto the internet. Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook not only alerted people to what was happening, but also helped many people get in touch with friends and family to check that they were alright.

This slideshow is a live feed of images from Flickr which are retrieved by searching for the words ‘Christchurch earthquake damage’.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 2011 Christchurch earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017