The February earthquake in Christchurch was lethal and disasterous. It followed the previous September quake which also caused significant damage. There have been about 7000 aftershocks, still continuing to this day.
Search and Rescue teams from NZ, Australia, USA, UK, Japan, Taiwan, China and Singapore responded. We depended on these teams (along with sniffer dogs) to dig people out of the rubble.
Humanitarian support and welfare were stretched to the limit. Many people went days without official contact.
Many people who ran out of buildings in sheer panic were killed by falling canopies, while it was much safer inside, yet many heritage buildings and even reasonably modern buildings collapsed.
The one lesson I learned from this disaster...keep plenty of bottled water, cans of baked beans, cooking equipment that does NOT rely on electricity and a transistor radio & torch with plenty of batteries.