2023 Christchurch Earthquake

Damage to a road near Christchurch
Date April 18, 2023
Time 7:36 AM
Duration 14 seconds
Magnitude 5.9
Depth .3 miles
Epicenter Offshore Christchurch, New Zealand
Type Oblique fault
Areas affected eastern-central New Zealand
Total damages $203 million (2016 USD)
Maximum intensity VII (Severe)
Foreshocks 1 (4.2 on April 17)
Aftershocks 14 (biggest 4.3 on April 18)
Total casualties 2, 19 injured

At 7:36 AM, a powerful earthquake struck eastern New Zealand. It caused liquefaction, severe damage, and 2 deaths due to a landslide. The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.9 and a maximum intensity of VII, or Very Strong. The earthquake caused $203 million in damages (2016 USD, $225 million 2023 USD).

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