Christchurch earthquake

185 people died as a result of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the Canterbury region on 22 February, 2011. Christchurch, the country’s second largest city, suffered widespread damage, particularly in the central city and eastern suburbs. The eastern suburbs also suffered significant liquefaction.

The quake, which was centred 2 kilometres east of Lyttelton and 10 kilometres south-east of central Christchurch, followed a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on 4 September 2010. No one died as a result of the September 2010 earthquake, but parts of the city and surrounding area suffered significant damage.

Thousands of aftershocks followed the 22 February 2011 quake, some large enough to cause additional damage.

In April 2013, the rebuilding cost of Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region was estimated at $40 billion.

Victim identification process

This page explains the disaster victim identification process following Christchurch's earthquake and answers questions about how families are kept informed and how long it can take to identify a body … More

Police media contacts

Find out who to contact for media enquiries relating to the Christchurch earthquake of Tuesday 22 February, 2011. … More

Donate to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

Find out about the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and how to donate to it. … More

Useful website links

This page contains website links to information on earthquake recovery and assistance. … More

List of deceased

The official New Zealand Police list of those who died as a result of the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February, 2011. … More

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions relating to the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February, 2011. … More

Media releases

September 2011 Thursday 8 September 2011 Work to identify earthquake victims completed June 2011 Wednesday 1 June 2011 5 more earthquake victims named April 2011 Wednesday 20 April 2011 Vehicl… More