Trauma and transformation: Christchurch earthquake survivors ten years on

Trauma and transformation: Christchurch earthquake survivors ten years on

The Guardian

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On 22 February, 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit, killing 185 people. Those left behind have spent a decade coming to terms with the tragedy

Some likened it to a tornado, or an oncoming train; others remember registering not much more than a rumble before the roof caved in. At 12.51pm on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch. In the devastation, 185 people died, and an entire city was scarred.

Ten years on, Christchurch remains forever changed. Though new layers to survivors’ trauma are still being revealed, in amongst them lies faith in other people, hope for the future – and astonishing resilience.

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