Sunday, February 21, 2016

5 years after quake, New Zealand city's heart still missing

From Fox-

Five years after an earthquake in Christchurch killed 185 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings, some residents have taken to calling it the "Donut City." The ravaged city center is still largely an empty core, and it's unclear how long it will remain that way.

Bickering and uncertainty have stalled rebuilding efforts, which some property owners now view as a lost cause. Grass pokes up from fenced-off walkways. Damaged buildings sit abandoned and tagged with graffiti. Christchurch's iconic Anglican cathedral is a crumbling ruin with an uncertain fate.

Since the magnitude-6.1 quake struck on Feb. 22, 2011, thousands of residential homes have been repaired and most of the city's infrastructure has been fixed. Many suburbs are thriving.

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