An 8.9 magnitude earthquake took place on 11th March 2011. The earthquake and the tsumani it caused massive devastation.
Information from the United States Geological Survey
How earthquakes trigger tsunamis BBC News, Science and Environment
Christchurch, New Zealand
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What are earthquakes?
Earthquakes are powerful and dangerous natural events. They are triggered by the movement of huge piece of the Earth's crust called tectonic plates. The earthquake shakes the rocks in the Earth's crust.