The 6.3 magnitude earthquake, which occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, on February 26, has killed 145 people as of today. An additional 226 people are still missing. The number of casualties is relatively high because of the structures of the buildings around the city.
Ideally, a building should be equipped with concrete wrapped in steel to provide stability and made of flexible materials. Whether or not the building will be susceptible to an earthquake also depends on the type of ground the building is constructed upon.
The Canterbury Television station collapsed, trapping 100 staff members, all of whom were unable to be recovered. According to the International Federation of Journalists, “Over the last twenty years, more than 2000 journalists and media staff have been killed in the line of duty.” The risks associated with covering a natural disaster story can be especially high because of their proximity to the action.
To see photos of The Canterbury TV station after the quake, click HERE.