On February 22nd, a major earthquake shook the city of Christchurch with a magnitude of 6.3.

Next to very serious numbers of casualties there appeared to be great damage to the historic area of the city and it built heritage.

Blue Shield Statement on Christchurch
3 March 2011

Following the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Blue Shield expresses its great sorrow for the loss of lives and the destructions the city’s cultural heritage sites and institutions suffered.

The city of Christchurch has been rocked by a major earthquake (magnitude 6.3) on last Tuesday, 22 February 2011, half a year after the 7.1 earthquake of 4 September 2010. Besides the serious casualties, the toll on heritage is to be high. It appears that there is very important damage to the historic area of the city and its built heritage.