Saturday September 4th 2010 is a day that will go down within the recollections of the 400, 000 residents of Christchurch New Zealand because the day the massive earthquake hit them.

At precisely 4.35 am within the morning an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on the Richter scale struck with the epicentre simply north of town at Darfield the place a large fault line opened up the road.

Miraculously for an earthquake of this magnitude there were no fatalities. However many residents suffered serious accidents and harm to property was extensive. Fire broke out in one city constructing however was shortly brought below control.

After shocks have been nonetheless continuing days afterwards.

How did this great metropolis cope with such a disaster? Properly instantly though power and water supplies have been lower and the cell phone community went into overload, Civil Defence and Mayor Bob Parker swung into action. But most significantly the neighborhood supported each other, checking on neighbours and helping the place needed.

The central city blocks were cordoned off, and groups of engineers set about assessing every constructing and score the safety of each. Many needed fast demolition which was quite heartbreaking for owners.

Energy was restored to most by the top of the first day but restoring water took many days more because the earthquake had damaged water mains and the military have been referred to as in to help there. Fixed reminders had been broadcast to residents to boil their drinking water and for those without energy to strive this, they had been suggested so as to add three drops of household bleach to a litre of water.

Authorities agencies contacted by cellphone or in individual each elderly particular person over sixty five to examine on their welfare whereas these households with condemned or destroyed homes had been housed in centres set up in class halls. Faculties had been closed for days and there was no public transport for 3 days also.

There were many tales of close to misses and good fortune to emerge and in addition beneficial classes for future earthquakes. Pictures of the Christchurch earthquake document unimaginable injury but in addition the neighborhood spirit that emerged.

Many individuals maintain civil emergency kits of their homes however what number of of you do not keep a torch by your mattress? Many Christchurch earthquake affected residents regretted this omission that morning!