Christchurch counted its 11,000th earthquake since September 4th, 2010, today. It has been more than two years since the first Christchurch earthquake of September 4th, 2010. It is almost two years since the smaller, but more devastating aftershock, of February 22nd, 2011 that claimed 185 lives.
To most of the rest of New Zealand and the world, those earthquakes are something that happened in the past and are rarely mentioned or considered. Everyone has moved on and I get the feeling that people outside of Christchurch think Christchurch has also moved on and is full-swing into rebuild and the forgetting of the past.
Just before Christmas last year, Campbell Live (a NZ current affairs program), toured the red zone in Christchurch. They were able to compare streets of the central city with how they look today (December 2012) and how they looked when the Google street-view cameras drove through prior to the beginning of the Canterbury earthquake sequence. It’s available online – http://www.3news.co.nz/Another-year-of-quake-coverage/tabid/367/articleID/281066/Default.aspx. Watch it. I think you will be shocked by what you see.