Over the last 9 Months, the city of Christchurch, New Zealand has suffered repeated assaults from devastating earthquakes and numerous aftershocks.
Notable quakes include the September 4, 2010, a 7.1 magnitude, the June 6, 2011 earthquake which was a 5.0, and the June 13, 2011 quakes which were only an hour apart at 5.5 and 6.0 respectively.
However, the most harmful quake struck on February 22, 2011. It was a 6.3 Magnitude. The damage was significant and has displaced thousands of citizens, damaged hundreds of large buildings, and has forced thousands of businesses to close. Much of the commercial damage was in the Central Business District (CBD) of Christchurch.
Prior to the 2/22, there were 4108 tax paying businesses in the Central Business District of Christchurch. The vast majority of which will not return to a profitable status in the near future.
Over 600 commercial buildings will need to be demolished, and estimates suggest that at least 8,000 private homes have been rendered useless. Liquefaction has swallowed up entire sections of the city’s eastern suburbs and falling rocks in hillside neighborhoods pose a threat to inhabitants.
The continuous seismic activity plaguing the area, has drastically affected the spirit of the people. They need assistance and the generosity of the American public significantly help the people of New Zealand.
As New Zealand’s second largest city, with a population of 350,000, Christchurch finds itself at a crossroads unprecedented in its proud 170 year history.
A major exodus of talent and industry is underway. People are packing and leaving for Auckland or Australia. The city’s vital industries have been crippled, let alone the tourist trade. Real concerns exist about the city’s ability to recover.
If you have fond memories of your New Zealand holiday please contribute generously. We need to send funds to support the revitalization of the key central city areas so we can accommodate you or your friends in comfort and with trademark Kiwi warmth and hospitality on your next visit.