Canterbury’s newest tourist attraction
New Zealand is a country of immense natural geological beauty, but with that comes an inherent danger, a fact reinforced by the devastating earthquakes that struck the Christchurch and the Canterbury region on two occasions in 2010 and 2011. The most recent quakes took the lives of 185 people, but the Canterbury Museum has chosen to highlight the nature of the disaster in an informative fashion.
The Quake City exhibit opened in the Re:Start container-city downtown area of Christchurch in February of this year, two years on from the last significant earthquake in the region. Visitors can learn how and why so many residents lost their lives in a compulsive and informative exhibit that has won praise from one and all.
The South Island of New Zealand is situated upon the fault line between the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates which accounts for its many spectacular mountain ranges, but also puts it at severe risk of earthquakes. In late 2010 and early 2011 two large quakes combined with inherent soil instability, known as liquefaction, resulted in large-scale damage to the Christchurch and Canterbury areas.
Serving as both a tribute to the fine work done by the city’s emergency services and a multimedia educational experience, Quake City documents the events that unfolded and provides the background for the reasons behind them. Visitors can experience the native Maori legends that foretold the power of Mother Nature as well as explore the naturally occurring factors that make Kiwis so blessed but also so vulnerable.
For more information, visit Canterbury Museum’s webpage for this exhibit.