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Attention! Attention! Many anipals will know that New Zealand has had a major earthquake over the past few days. I thought it might be good to explain a bit about us, where it struck and how the country is affected.
New Zealand is made up of two large islands - North Island and South Island - the North Island is as big as Great Britain, just to give you a rough idea of size.
The main area of the recent 7.1 quake was Christchurch (shortened to Chch often) - this is on the South Island sort of above the middle - see the map below or the link; see pictures of the damage done here in this article. There are a lot of older historic buildings in Chch (old in NZ terms that is....)
New Zealand is on the edge of what has been nick-named the 'Ring of Fire' a set of volcano and fracture thingies that means we shake a lot, so much so that people often don't notice small ones after a while MOL! Sometimes NZ has big ones like Christchurch - Gisborne had one not so long ago.
Odd thing is Chch doesn't usually have big ones at all. This is why there are a lot of brick buildings, and why some of them fell down. Around my patch most of the houses are wood - this moves a bit more in quakes 'cos it's more flexible. Thankfully most people are safe.
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