Events In History
4 September 2010Magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks Canterbury
The earthquake struck at 4.35 a.m. on Saturday 4 September and was felt by many people in the South Island and the southern North Island. There was considerable damage in central Canterbury, especially in Christchurch, but no loss of life. Read more...
Town 45 km west of Christchurch. Centrally located on the plains, it is an administrative centre. Although isolated Canterbury rural towns are mostly in decline, those within commuting distance of Christchurch, like Darfield, have grown, especially since the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes.