A brief outline of past and future events related to the Canterbury earthquakes.
|4 September||4:35 am, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck (external link) . The earthquake was based near Darfield, about 40 kms west of Christchurch. Many buildings were damaged and one person died.|
12:51 pm (lunchtime), a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck (external link) . The quake was centred 10km south-east of the city at a depth of 5km. 185 people died, 164 people were seriously injured and there was major, widespread damage.
4.21 pm, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker declares a state of emergency.
|2011||23 February||Prime Minister John Key declares a national state of emergency|
|2011||25 February||The national Census planned for 8 March 2011 was officially cancelled (external link) due to the Christchurch earthquake.|
|2011||14 March||Cabinet agreed to establish a Royal Commission to inquire into the Canterbury Earthquakes (external link) .|
|2011||18 March||A national memorial service was held at North Hagley Park|
|2011||29 March||Prime Minister John Key and Bob Parker, Christchurch Mayor announced the creation of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) (external link) .|
|2012||30 July||The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, or “Blueprint” was released by Christchurch Central Development Unit.|
|2013||30 June||The last cordon of the central Rebuild Zone were removed and the remaining members of the New Zealand Defence Force were farewelled.|