At 12:51 p.m. on Tuesday the 22nd of February, 2011 Canterbury was again shaken by an earthquake. This time the magnitude was 6.3 but it was at a depth of 5 kilometres. Unfortunately there was significant loss of life and major destruction in the Central Business District.
John Key, New Zealand's Prime Minister called for 2 minutes silence at 12:51 on March the 1st, 7 days later. At Summerland Primary we observed this time of national silence to honour those who lost their lives and think of the people of Canterbury who were affected.
Liquefaction caused much of the damage. These videos show what liquefaction is.

At 4:35 a.m. on Saturday the 4th of September, 2010 Christchurch was rocked by an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale.

Flyover of Christchurch Fault Line
2010 Earthquake

Christchurch Earthquake Map
2010 Earthquake

New Zealand is on the edge of the 'Pacific Ring of Fire' and we could have more earthquakes in the future. Taking a look at these links may help you understand why earthquakes happen, what happened in Christchurch and help prepare you if you are ever in an earthquake.

What Makes the Earth Shake?
The Science of Earthquakes
What's the Plan Stan?
Ring of Fire
BBC - Why do they happen?
Earthquakes for Kids
Plate Tectonics