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Remembering Christchurch 2011

Tonight's SNO we remember the tragic events on Tuesday 22 February 2011.

The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand's second-largest city, killing 185 people in one of the nation's deadliest peacetime disasters.

The magnitude 6.3 (ML) earthquake struck the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island at 12:51 pm on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 local time (23:51 21 February UTC).  The earthquake was centred 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the town of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand's second-most populous city. It followed nearly six months after the magnitude 7.1 Canterbury earthquake of 4 September 2010, which caused significant damage to Christchurch and the central Canterbury region, but no direct fatalities.

The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs, with damage exacerbated by buildings and infrastructure already being weakened by the 4 September 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs, producing around 400,000 tonnes of silt. The earthquake was reported to be felt across the South Island and the lower and central North Island.

In total, 185 people were killed in the earthquake, making it the second-deadliest natural disaster recorded in New Zealand (after the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake), and fourth-deadliest disaster of any kind recorded in New Zealand, with nationals from more than 20 countries among the victims.  Over half of the deaths occurred in the six-storeyCanterbury Television (CTV) Building, which collapsed and caught fire in the quake. The government declared a state of national emergency, which stayed in force until 30 April 2011.

The total cost to insurers of rebuilding has been estimated at NZ$15 billion, making it by far New Zealand's costliest natural disaster, and the third-costliest earthquake (nominally) worldwide. The earthquake was the most damaging in a year-long earthquake swarm affecting the Christchurch area. It was followed by a large aftershock on 13 June(which caused considerable additional damage) and a series of large shocks on 23 December 2011.

Tonight, two years on, we remember the victims and fly in and out of Christchurch to/from any airport of your choosing.

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Airports

Positions

 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-K_CTRChristchurch Control129.400
APPNZCH_APPChristchurch Approach126.100
TWRNZCH_TWRChristchurch Tower118.400
GNDNZCH_GNDChristchurch Ground121.900