The Christchurch earthquake epicenter

I chose this piece as it speaks to a glaringly obvious example of where a map would greatly benefit being supplemented to an article. Often one of the first questions people have upon hearing about an earthquake is “where was it epicenter?” so placing a map in the article to define that area is greatly beneficial. Showing the epicenter on a map gives much greater context and strongly aides the story itself.

The article talks about the dozens of individuals who were trapped in the rubble from the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake and at least 65 who died, which ranks the disaster among the nation’s worst earthquake in 80 years. Search teams used dogs, earth movers and heavy cranes trying to find survivors, and at least 100 are still missing. The earthquake toppled the spire of the city’s historic stone cathedral, sent chunks of concrete and bricks hurtling onto cars, buses and pedestrians and flattened tall buildings. It knocked out power and telephone lines and burst pipes, flooding the streets with water, and even shook off a chunk of ice from New Zealand’s biggest glacier some 120 miles east. The worst earthquake in New Zealand’s history struck in 1931 in Hawke’s Bay, killing 256 people.


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