The Press' earthquake archive photos

The Press' quake archive photos

Last updated 19:00 22/02/2014

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Today marks the third anniversary of the 6.3 magnitude quake that struck our city on February 22, 2011. 

For many Cantabrians it feels like only yesterday the city was ripped apart. 

The quake claimed 185 lives, injured many others, laid waste to the central business district and left thousands of homes broken. Since then, entire neighbourhoods have been wiped off the map. 

Our photographers have delved into the archives to put together this gallery of photographs from the time of the quake. 

The images are an upsetting reminder of the trauma the city faced that day, but also a reminder of how far we've come since then. 

The city will never be the same again, and many Cantabrians still face hardship and challenges, but as Mayor Lianne Dalziel told those gathered at today's civic memorial service, "we will get through".

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