The Press' earthquake archive photos

CTV BUILDING: Firemen hose down the rubble of the CTV building, which was devastated by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in central Christchurch February 22, 2011. New Zealand declared a national state of emergency to cope with the effects of the devastating earthquake in the second biggest city - Christchurch.
CTV BUILDING: Firemen hose down the rubble of the CTV building, which was devastated by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in central Christchurch February 22, 2011. New Zealand declared a national state of emergency to cope with the effects of the devastating earthquake in the second biggest city - Christchurch.
CAR PARK: A smashed car is seen in a car parking building on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
CAR PARK: A smashed car is seen in a car parking building on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake.
MANCHESTER ST: Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand after a 6.3 earthquake.
MANCHESTER ST: Rescuers search for survivors in a collapsed building in Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand after a 6.3 earthquake.
INJURED MAN: A man lies injured on Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The 6.3 magnitude earthquake - an aftershock of the 7.1 magnitude quake on September 4 - struck 20km southeast of Christchurch at around 1pm local time.
INJURED MAN: A man lies injured on Manchester Street on February 22, 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The 6.3 magnitude earthquake - an aftershock of the 7.1 magnitude quake on September 4 - struck 20km southeast of Christchurch at around 1pm local time.
RAJ MAHAL: The Raj Mahal restaurant on the corner of Manchester and Worcester Streets was shattered in the 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch.
RAJ MAHAL: The Raj Mahal restaurant on the corner of Manchester and Worcester Streets was shattered in the 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch.
FORSYTH BARR: Search and Rescue workers check floor by floor at the Forsyth Barr building on Colombo St.
FORSYTH BARR: Search and Rescue workers check floor by floor at the Forsyth Barr building on Colombo St.
SMASHED HOUSE: A boulder falling from a hill ripped through the middle of this house in Lyttelton, which was near the epicentre of the Christchurch Earthquake on 22 February 2011.
SMASHED HOUSE: A boulder falling from a hill ripped through the middle of this house in Lyttelton, which was near the epicentre of the Christchurch Earthquake on 22 February 2011.
COLLAPSE: The back of the collapsed PGC building on Cambridge Terrace.
COLLAPSE: The back of the collapsed PGC building on Cambridge Terrace.
HELP ME: Workers trapped in the Forsyth Barr building after the 6.3 earthquake, put 'help' signs in the windows of the building.
HELP ME: Workers trapped in the Forsyth Barr building after the 6.3 earthquake, put 'help' signs in the windows of the building.
ARMAGH ST: Earthquake damage in Armagh St, Central Christchurch after a 6.3 earthquake.
ARMAGH ST: Earthquake damage in Armagh St, Central Christchurch after a 6.3 earthquake.
PROVINCIAL CHAMBERS: The collapsed Canterbury Provincial Chambers in central Christchurch after the 6.3 earthquake.
PROVINCIAL CHAMBERS: The collapsed Canterbury Provincial Chambers in central Christchurch after the 6.3 earthquake.
THE PRESS: The earthquake destroyed The Press Building.
THE PRESS: The earthquake destroyed The Press Building.
WORCESTER ST: Earthquake damage in Central Christchurch after a 6.3 earthquake - Worcester St, East of Cathedral square.
WORCESTER ST: Earthquake damage in Central Christchurch after a 6.3 earthquake - Worcester St, East of Cathedral square.
DYERS PASS: A rock sits on Dyers Pass Road after the 6.3 earthquake.
DYERS PASS: A rock sits on Dyers Pass Road after the 6.3 earthquake.
CRAMNER SQUARE: Earthquake damage in central Christchurch after a 6.3 earthquake. The old normal school corner Kilmore and Montreal (Cranmer Square).
CRAMNER SQUARE: Earthquake damage in central Christchurch after a 6.3 earthquake. The old normal school corner Kilmore and Montreal (Cranmer Square).
PGC: A woman after being rescued from the collapsed PGC building in Christchurch.
PGC: A woman after being rescued from the collapsed PGC building in Christchurch.
PGC: A woman is rescued from the collapsed PGC building following the 6.3 Christchurch Earthquake.
PGC: A woman is rescued from the collapsed PGC building following the 6.3 Christchurch Earthquake.
COLOMBO STREET: A woman escapes from a two storey building in Central Christchurch after the 6.3 Earthquake.
COLOMBO STREET: A woman escapes from a two storey building in Central Christchurch after the 6.3 Earthquake.
ON THE MOVE: An elderly woman among others fleeing collapsed buildings in central Christchurch after the 6.3 earthquake.
ON THE MOVE: An elderly woman among others fleeing collapsed buildings in central Christchurch after the 6.3 earthquake.
CASHEL ST MALL: Damage in the city on Cashel Street.
CASHEL ST MALL: Damage in the city on Cashel Street.
GENTLEMEN: Men shake hands over a slump in Oxford Terrace following the Christchurch earthquake 6.3 earthquake.
GENTLEMEN: Men shake hands over a slump in Oxford Terrace following the Christchurch earthquake 6.3 earthquake.

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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