Wellington (AP) -- New Zealand's second-largest city will get a makeover under a plan designed to move residents and raze homes in
areas hardest hit by recent earthquakes.
The New Zealand government has offered to pay about 5,000 Christchurch homeowners to leave.
Certain swaths of land remain so unstable that the government doesn't want people to rebuild there.
The government is continuing to assess the future of an additional 10,000 homes, many of which may also be destroyed.
The government estimates the cost of moving the first 5,000 homeowners at about $500 million.
Christchurch was hit with a magnitude-7.1 earthquake in September and a devastating magnitude-6.3 quake in February that killed 181 people and crippled much of the city.
Large aftershocks have continued to rattle the city.
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