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New Zealand Earthquake (2011)
How a New Zealand earthquake led to building reforms
How a New Zealand earthquake led to building reforms

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011 toppled buildings, upended roads and even liquefied the ground under some communities, causing them to sink. The historic city saw the soaring brick spire of the ChristChurch Cathedral topple and another 19th century landmark church crumble to the ground. But residents were stunned to learn that two-thirds of the 185 people killed in the city were in two more modern, seemingly solid concrete office buildings that fell down with the shaking. One of the buildings, built in the 1980s, housed a local television station; the other, built in the 1960s, was filled with financial firms. Officials responded with the...

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