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These are the worst earthquakes of the last decade

Love Exploring Logo By Ella Buchan of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 30: A series of earthquakes and aftershocks shook Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains region between September 2010 and December 2011, the most destructive hitting on 22 February 2011. It struck during the busy lunchtime period, killing 185 people, injuring thousands more and causing widespread damage to buildings already weakened by the initial earthquake on 4 September 2010. It registered at 6.3 in magnitude, the scale used to measure the severity of large earthquakes based on seismic energy at the source. The largest recorded was 9.5, though the scale has no upper limit – read more on how earthquakes are measured here.

2011: Christchurch, New Zealand

A series of earthquakes and aftershocks shook Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains region between September 2010 and December 2011, the most destructive hitting on 22 February 2011. It struck during the busy lunchtime period, killing 185 people, injuring thousands more and causing widespread damage to buildings already weakened by the initial earthquake on 4 September 2010. It registered at 6.3 in magnitude, the scale used to measure the severity of large earthquakes based on seismic energy at the source. The largest recorded was 9.5, though the scale has no upper limit – read more on how earthquakes are measured here.

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