Well, Rangiora didn't really get damaged. Christchurch was built mostly on swamp, same as Kaiapoi, (slightly south of us), but Rangiora was built on gravelly sort of stuff. Although, most of my friends live in Chch, and they had lots of stuff happen, like liquefaction, which is water rising from the ground, bringing up mud with it, and ruined carpets and the like, and some peoples roads were just destroyed. Bridges twisted, stuff like that. We had a friend living in Woodend (slightly north of us), whose house was made unliveable, pipes broke, foundations moved, things like that. Another family of friends in Chch had their house split in two, which was really hard for them, because the dad had built it from the ground up, but they found a new house really quickly, luckily.