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Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. It is home to 396,700 residents, making it New Zealand's third most-populous city behind Auckland and Wellington.

The city suffered a series of earthquakes between September 2010 and early 2012, with the most destructive of them occurring at 12.51 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 February 2011. . Although low on the moment magnitude scale than the previous earthquake, the intensity and violence of the ground shaking was measured to be IX (Violent), among the strongest ever recorded globally in an urban area and in total 185 people were killed. People from more than 20 countries were among the victims. The city's iconic Christchurch Cathedral was severely damaged and lost its spire. By late 2013, 1,500 buildings in the city had been demolished, leading to an ongoing recovery and rebuilding project.

After these years, the destructions are visible everywhere, the iconic cathedral is still in ruin, everywhere one can see scaffoldings. The view of the city is sad.
We went by bus 500 km from Queenstown, the traffic was heavy and we arrived in the evening a few hours after the schedule. And we had the bus to Wellington early in the morning the next day. So, we haven't seen much.
This picture is of poor quality, but I show it anyway as I liked this mural. I found it impressive.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12565 W: 133 N: 32396] (149209)
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