It is understandable and predictable that victims of the N.Z. earthquakes are getting impatient with the recovery process. Similar concerns have been expressed in Japan as well, lately. See this article detailing the N.Z. situation: New Zealand’s Christchurch still on knees from quakes.
The once-bustling business district here resembles a wasteland. Along the closed, empty streets lie piles of bricks and steel. Handmade signs hang on the fencing that marks off a large stretch of the city center. “Welcome to Limboland,” says one. Another asks, “When is the recovery starting?”
Damaged buildings in Christchurch, New Zealand, remain abandoned. The aftershocks of February’s earthquake have not only caused deaths but also hindered rebuilding efforts.
The magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit Christchurch 10 months ago did not directly cause a single death. But there have been more than 7,300 aftershocks, including an especially bad one in February that killed 181 people. The repeated shaking has knocked the city, New Zealand’s second largest, to its knees and kept it there, repeatedly frustrating efforts to get the rebuilding started.
- New Zealand’s Christchurch still on knees from quakes (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Aftershocks shake Christchurch, N.Z. (cbc.ca)