A brief outline of past and future events related to the Canterbury earthquakes.

Year Date Event


4 September 4:35 am, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck(external link). The earthquake was based near Darfield, about 40 kms west of Christchurch. Many buildings were damaged and one person died.
2011 22 February

12:51 pm (lunchtime), a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck(external link). The quake was centred 10km south-east of the city at a depth of 5km. 185 people died, 164 people were seriously injured and there was major, widespread damage.

4.21 pm, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker declares a state of emergency.

2011 23 February Prime Minister John Key declares a national state of emergency
2011 25 February The national Census planned for 8 March 2011 was officially cancelled(external link) due to the Christchurch earthquake.
2011 14 March Cabinet agreed to establish a Royal Commission to inquire into the Canterbury Earthquakes(external link).
2011 18 March A national memorial service was held at North Hagley Park
2011 29 March Prime Minister John Key and Bob Parker, Christchurch Mayor announced the creation of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)(external link).
2012 30 July The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, or “Blueprint” was released by Christchurch Central Development Unit.
2013 30 June The last cordon of the central Rebuild Zone were removed and the remaining members of the New Zealand Defence Force were farewelled.