The 2011 earthquake in Christchurch was a 6.3. Cheviot is 122km north and their earthquake in 1901 was estimated to be a 6.9. The difference in casualties shows you the population difference and types of buildings back then. The baby was killed when a sod hut collapsed.
Poor New Zealand has suffered through some awful events lately and it seems that every week there is another shake keeping them on their toes. Apart from the terrible loss of life, which is the most distressing part, it is sad to see the historical buildings that have been destroyed. Australia and New Zealand have a very interesting colonial history (and before, of course, but no actual buildings from then) but that history is only over a few hundred years. Europe, for example, has buildings that have stood for many hundreds of years and are still being used. The oldest buildings in Melbourne were built in the far more recent early mid 1800’s. The fact that there are so few of them in our part of the world makes them all the more precious.
It was sad to see the cathedral in Christchurch ruined and the more recent tremors seem to have put a stop to thoughts of rebuilding. Looking back in the old papers I think that the poor cathedral was never going to have a peaceful life. This article from 1901 notes the damage it sustained and also mentions previous damage.