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Quake hits New Zealand

 
 
hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 06:17 pm
Source: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/69180/huge-earthquake-hits-christchurch-city-centre
Huge earthquake hits Christchurch city centre
Updated 4 minutes ago
A huge earthquake has hit Christchurch, causing widespread destruction in the city centre.
Radio New Zealand's reporter says staff at the Christchurch newsroom had to cling to their desks during the shaking.
Large filing cabinets were falling over.
People made their way out of the building but when they got out they couldn't see for dust.
A church near the RNZ building in Durham St had collapsed.
Concrete in Victoria Square had lifted at least a metre in some places and there are signs of liquefaction around the Avon River.
The Ferrymead bridge is reported to be impassable.
GNS Science says the quake was centred south of the city but cannot yet say what magnitude it was.


Oh **** - hope all the kiwis get through this ok...
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hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 06:25 pm
Big earthquake hits South Island
UPDATE: NBR reporter Chris Hutching was driving when the quake hit. "This is a f*cking biggie," the clearly shocked reporter said. "There could be some deaths out of this."

"I was driving by the Avon River not far from centre of town and the whole world started to go f*cking gaga," he said. "I thought all four wheels had gone flat at once."

Mr Hutching said: "The roadway has opened up in three or four places – there are gaps a foot wide – and I'm f*looking down into the gap at the moment
about eight feet deep. You would not believe the look of this road – it's like someone had a table cloth and scrunched it all up."

Radio New Zealand is reporting the quake was centered south of Christchurch, at a shallow depth of 10km, and registered 6.3 on the Richter scale.

Christcurch businessman Ben Kepes told NBR: "It's carnage. Buildings have collapsed. Fire. Panic. Mayhem. The city is in gridlock"

NBR is recieving reports a large earthquake has hit the South Island.

An interview subject for an unrelated story told NBR from Christchurch at 12:55: "Holy ****, earthquake!" A rumbling sound was heard, and the connection was cut.

Messages on Twitter reported the quake was felt as far afield as Dunedin and Wellington.

@fstopfour said: "Wow uhmm the entire building just started shaking. Earthquake! Sirens going
off, power is out."

@dannews said "Massive earthquake. House covered in glass. Bookshelf on floor. Lights fallen out. Still shaking."
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 06:38 pm
Was just coming here to post that.

Here's the data:

Magnitude 6.4 - SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
2011 February 21 10:57:53 UTC

Earthquake Details

* This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 6.4
Date-Time

* Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:57:53 UTC
* Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:57:53 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 26.083°S, 178.439°E
Depth 561.8 km (349.1 miles)
Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
Distances 505 km (315 miles) NW of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
620 km (385 miles) SE of Ceva-i-Ra, Fiji
1245 km (770 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand
1725 km (1070 miles) NNE of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

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Magnitude 6.3 - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
2011 February 21 23:51:42 UTC

* This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 6.3
Date-Time

* Monday, February 21, 2011 at 23:51:42 UTC
* Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:51:42 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 43.513°S, 172.638°E
Depth 4 km (2.5 miles)
Region SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Distances NEAR Christchurch, New Zealand
215 km (135 miles) SSE of Westport, New Zealand
305 km (190 miles) SW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
315 km (195 miles) NNE of Dunedin, New Zealand
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Magnitude 5.6 - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
2011 February 22 00:04:18 UTC

* This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 5.6
Date-Time

* Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 00:04:18 UTC
* Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 01:04:18 PM at epicenter

Location 43.580°S, 172.798°E
Depth 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
Region SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Distances

* 11 km (7 miles) ESE (108°) from Christchurch, New Zealand
* 223 km (139 miles) SSE (155°) from Westport, New Zealand
* 303 km (188 miles) SSW (212°) from WELLINGTON, New Zealand

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/region/Australia.gif
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 06:43 pm
@Butrflynet,
Yikes.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 06:45 pm
@Butrflynet,
An eye witness audio report here. He's saying the damage appears to be worse than from the 7.1 quake last September.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8214609/powerful-earthquake-strikes-christchurch
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hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 08:10 pm
Apparently there have been fatalities but no indication of numbers. Kia Kaha to the people of Christchurch and Canterbury.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/02/21/new.zealand.earthquake/t1larg.nz.quake.raci.jpg
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 08:18 pm
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10707996

Quote:
There have been "multiple fatalities" after a shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch this afternoon caused buildings to collapse, police have confirmed.

Police said fatalities had been reported at several locations and that two buses had been crushed by falling buildings.

Christchurch resident Jane Smith, who works in the central city, told the Herald a work colleague had just returned from helping rescue efforts after a building facade had collapsed on a bus on Colombo St.

"There's people dead. He was pulling them out of a bus. Colombo St is completely munted."

TV3 reported that a person had died in the Christchurch suburb of Sumner.

Police said there were reports of fires in buildings in the central city and of people being trapped.

Police said all available staff were helping with the rescue operation and the Defence Force had been called in to assist.

Triage centres have been established for the injured at Latimer Square in the central city, Spotlight Mall in Sydenham and Sanitarium in Papanui.

A Herald reporter said that emergency services were struggling to enter the central city and were having to manoeuvre slowly around gridlocked traffic.


Quote:
Herald reporter Jarrod Booker said the shake lasted approximately one minute and was extremely violent - rocking buildings back and forth.

He said people had left buildings and were out on the streets where tarmac had cracked and water mains had burst, causing extensive flooding.

Tuam Street had become a river as water poured from ruptures in the road and was impassable in places.

The whole central city was in grid lock as people tried to evacuate central businesses to check their homes, Jarrod Booker said.

Most traffic lights were out and cars were also having to negotiate around hordes of people on foot.

Jarrod Booker said that he could hear sirens but that it would be difficult for emergency services to access the city because of the gridlock.

"Even sitting in a car you can feel continual shaking on a smaller scale than the original quake," he said.

Some pedestrians were standing on the footpaths and staring into space, apparently in shock.


Quote:
Jarrod Booker said Christchurch's historic cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Barbadoes Street had half collapsed, with the remaining part of the building filled with cracks.

There was huge damage to other older buildings with large amounts of debris falling to the ground, he said.

He said the carpark at the Christchurch Star had turned into a river with huge cracks and that the roads had risen in areas.

People were comforting people outside amid a general state of shock as they tried to absorb what had happened, he said.

Radio New Zealand reported widespread damage to the city centre, with a church on Durham St collapsed and concrete lifted by up to a metre.

TV3 reported the Provincial Chambers Building had collapsed and it was believed people were trapped inside.


Quote:
Speaking to media at the Beehive's National Crisis Centre, Director of Civil Defence John Hamilton said a response plan was now being put together using all available national resources.

"That includes extra fire people, extra police personnel, assets from the Defence Forces. International offers of assistance are coming through from Australia in particular."

Mr Hamilton said the earthquake was a level three crisis - the highest for a localised event.

Phone lines are down and calls are not being connected to emergency services. Telecom said it is working to understand which services have been affected by the earthquake and get these restored as soon as possible.

Flights into Christchurch have been put on hold while Christchurch Airport checks the state of its runway. So far, four international flights have been diverted to Wellington Airport.

Today's quake was shallower and closer to Christchurch than the original Darfield quake, which took place 30km west of the city at a depth of 33kms.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 08:19 pm
@Butrflynet,
Some of these personal accounts are giving me flashbacks to the '89 Loma Prieta quake.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 08:36 pm
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/02/21/new.zealand.earthquake/?hpt=T2

Quote:
New Zealand Police announced a large-scale evacuation of the central city was under way on the agency's website. According to the news release, the earthquake killed an undetermined number of people at various locations around the city, including passengers on two buses crushed by buildings that had fallen on them.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 08:48 pm
5.5 Mb - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.5 Mb
Date-Time

* 22 Feb 2011 01:50:29 UTC
* 22 Feb 2011 14:50:29 near epicenter
* 21 Feb 2011 19:50:29 standard time in your timezone

Location 43.588S 172.734E
Depth 9 km
Distances

* 7 km (4 miles) SE (128 degrees) of Christchurch, New Zealand
* 222 km (138 miles) SSE (156 degrees) of Westport, New Zealand
* 307 km (190 miles) SSW (213 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 08:51 pm
To demonstrate how shallow today's quake was in comparison to the bigger one last September, the September quake was 33 kilometers in depth while today's quake is reported to have occurred only 4 kilometers from the surface.

There will probably be some dramatic surface ruptures.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:03 pm
Video of the collapsed Pyne Gould building where it is believed there are at least 200 people trapped in the rubble.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Christchurch-quake-Pyne-Gould-building-flattened/tabid/309/articleID/199317/Default.aspx
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:06 pm
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/top/69180/deaths-confirmed-as-huge-quake-hits-christchurch

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KiwiChic
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:15 pm
Yes its pretty bad.....yes multiple fatalities, too early to estimate numbers, but after shocks are still going and the city is in chaos, there is a collapsed building on fire with 30 people still in it, gaaawd I hope they get them out. 2 buses were crushed by collapsed buildings and there are fatalities there as well - its just terrible. Im watching it on TV now.
hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:17 pm
@Butrflynet,
Quote:
Colombo St is completely munted


Still trying to figure out what this means, kiwi accents would make this 'minted'
KiwiChic
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:19 pm
@hingehead,
munted is slang for f..ked!
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:20 pm
@hingehead,
http://onlineslangdictionary.com/definition+of/munted
hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:55 pm
@KiwiChic,
Which province are you in KC? This isn't good.
hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:56 pm
@Butrflynet,
Ha! Now I have to look up 'mullered'
KiwiChic
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 10:00 pm
@hingehead,
I am up in the North Island on the east coast in Hawkes Bay, its the Port town Lyttelton that was the epi centre and that town has been completely flattened, its 12kms from Christchurch.
 

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