1869 Christchurch earthquake

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1869 Christchurch earthquake
1869 Christchurch earthquake is located in New Zealand
1869 Christchurch earthquake
Date 5 June 1869 (1869-06-05)
Magnitude ~5.7 Ml
Epicenter 44°S 173°E / 44°S 173°E / -44; 173Coordinates: 44°S 173°E / 44°S 173°E / -44; 173[1]
Countries or regions South Island New Zealand
Max. intensity 7-8
Casualties No fatalities

The 1869 Christchurch earthquake occurred with a magnitude of 5.7 that struck the city of Christchurch at 8:00 am local time on the morning of 5 June. The earthquake was believed to have been centred at a shallow depth in New Brighton, and was felt with an intensity of MMI 7–8.[1][2]

The shock damaged several brick and stone buildings in the city, destroying chimneys and damaging the spire of St John's church in Hereford Street.[3][4]

The effects of the earthquake on stone buildings such as St. Johns prompted the Church of St Michael and All Angels to be built using timber.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Pettinga, J.R.; Yetton M.D., Van Dissen R.J., & Downes G. (2001). "Earthquake source identification and characterisation for the Canterbury Region, South Island, New Zealand". Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 34 (4): 307. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Canterbury has a shaky history". Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Severe Earthquake in Canterbury". Daily Southern Cross XXV (3712). 11 June 1869. p. 3. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "GeoNet - M 7.1, Darfield (Canterbury), September 4, 2010". GeoNet. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "St Michael's & All Angels". The Star. 15 December 1869. p. 2. Retrieved 21 October 2011.