Top online stories in 2013

17:09, Dec 26 2013

Wild weather, earthquakes, death and Cup Day have been the most read-about topics on the online version of The Press this year.

The polar blast to hit Christchurch in June was by far the most read-about topic with our top six stories all about extreme weather events.

Five of those six articles were about the wild weather in June, attracting 273,388 page views in total. The sixth story was about the storm in September.

A story about the magnitude 4.6 earthquake in November centred in The Gap, southwest of Christchurch, was the seventh most read this year, with a touch over 35,000 views.

News about schools, in particular the imminent closure of some Christchurch schools, also attracts a lot of interest on

A story published in late May about the fate of 19 schools in the region pulled 34,795 views.

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