A rail line buckled by the shifting earth is pictured in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Feb. 23, 2011, a day after a deadly 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the city.

Picks the Most Surprising Photos of 2011

A rail line buckled by the shifting earth is pictured in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Feb. 23, 2011, a day after a deadly 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the city.

Re-Build project: Shipping-container shopping, Cashel Mall, Christchurch, NZ

Shipping-container shopping mall in Christchurch

Christchurch train tracks after the earthquake

New Zealand earthquake aftermath - in pictures

It killed 185 people and devastated a city, but the catastrophic Christchurch earthquake did not cause any significant changes in the tectonic stresses on the region as a whole, scientists have discovered.

It killed 185 people and devastated a city, but the catastrophic Christchurch earthquake did not cause any significant changes in the tectonic stresses on the region as a whole, scientists have discovered.

A container used as protection from falling hill and rocks in the suburb of Sumner has been yarn-bombed by knitters and crocheters.

A container used as protection from falling hill and rocks in the suburb of Sumner has been yarn-bombed by knitters and crocheters.

Probably one of the most haunting images for me, of the aftermath of the quake was that of Shane Tomlin.   The irony was that a photograph of his dust-covered face after he was rescued from a collapsed building in City Mall was published around the world. His parents were relieved at first to see his photograph but efforts to find him failed until they learned five days later he had died, unidentified, in hospital.

Probably one of the most haunting images for me, of the aftermath of the quake was that of Shane Tomlin. The irony was that a photograph of his dust-covered face after he was rescued from a collapsed building in City Mall was published around the world. His parents were relieved at first to see his photograph but efforts to find him failed until they learned five days later he had died, unidentified, in hospital.

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