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Quake hits New Zealand

 
 
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 23 Feb, 2011 05:45 pm
@Ceili,
Great news. Thanks for letting us know.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 23 Feb, 2011 09:05 pm
For those considering sending relief funds for the earthquake, read this so you'll be better armed to protect yourself against possible scams out there.

http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/news/more-sophisticated-earthquake-scam-does-the-rounds

Quote:
More sophisticated earthquake scam circulates
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has received reports of another Christchurch earthquake-related email scam, with the scammer this time purporting to be from the Red Cross.
By Siobhan Keogh | Thursday, 24 February, 2011

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has received reports of another Christchurch earthquake-related email scam, with the scammer this time purporting to be from the Red Cross.

The email includes a link to a scam website that looks similar to the Red Cross's site. The site is designed to "phish" for credit card details.

Christchurch is spelled incorrectly in the email, and the web address is long and not hosted by the charity.

The ministry recommends people looking to donate should type in the charity's website address themselves rather than click any links from emails.


http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/news/online-christchurch-earthquake-resources

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Online Christchurch earthquake resources
With earthquake-related scams already cropping up online, it's important to have reliable resources. We've compiled a list of online resources you can use to help people in Christchurch, to find people you cannot contact, or to let people know you are OK if you are in the city.
By Siobhan Keogh | Thursday, 24 February, 2011

With earthquake-related scams already cropping up online, it's important to have reliable resources. We've compiled a list of online resources you can use to help people in Christchurch, to find people you cannot contact, or to let people know you are OK if you are in the city.

Donate money

Beware of email scams. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has reported that scammers are targeting New Zealanders. The scammers are purporting to be from a charity named "Donate4Charity NZ" and emails are being sent from "James McCoy".

You can check New Zealand charities against the Charities Commission's register to ensure they are legitimate.

Here is a list of places where you can donate:

BNZ
Account number: 02-0500-0982004-000

ANZ/National banks
Account number: 01-1839-0188939-00

Westpac
Account number: 03-0207-0617331-00

ASB
Account number: 12-3205-0146808-00

Mayoral Fund
Account number: 02-0800-084958-000

Salvation Army
Donate online

Red Cross
Donate online here. If you have trouble with that website, try here.

One-day deal website 1-day is taking donations to go to the Red Cross, as well as GrabOne.

Vodafone New Zealand is also collecting money on behalf of the Red Cross.

In Christchurch? Let people know you're OK

Use the Tell us you're ok Facebook group.

If you know someone is safe, post on their Facebook wall to let others know.

Find people in Christchurch

Google Person Finder allows you to enter someone's name and find out if they are OK, or set up a profile for them so someone else can let you know.

Need somewhere to go?

SharedSpace is currently offering a free service to help those affected by the earthquake find accommodation and office space.

This Facebook page is helping people find accommodation.

People can also list their free accommodation and find accommodation on Trade Me and Quake Escape.

Lost pets?

Trade Me is offering a number of different support services on top of accommodation, including a lost and found pet section and transport.

You can also contact the Canterbury SPCA through its website.

Reliable sources of information

Do not Google search for terms like "Christchurch earthquake". Use only reputable news sources for information. After the 4 September earthquake, cyber criminals capitalised on the quake by setting up fake websites which appeared legitimate but were actually designed to attack users' systems or glean credit card information.

GeoNet tracks earthquakes across New Zealand and is often the first resource to report about aftershocks.

The Civil Defense website is updating regularly with information on the emergency and new aftershocks, as well as information on how you can help whether you are inside Christchurch or out.

Environment Canterbury has set up a blog to collate a range of sources linked to the Canterbury quakes.

Visit the Christchurch City Council's website or follow the council on Twitter.

Our colleagues at Stuff are updating live from Christchurch.

TVNZ has a live stream running on their website. The network also has a list of ways to donate here.

Stuff and The New Zealand Herald both have extensive photo galleries.

Google has launched a response site with a list of resources, including a map of the earthquake's destruction, Google's person finder, and phone numbers for Australians to call if they want to help.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2011 09:28 pm
Latest updates:

Quote:
New Zealand quake city prays for miracles amid rubble

8:50pm EST

By Rob Taylor

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - Rescuers pulled apart leveled buildings in New Zealand's quake-hit city of Christchurch on Sunday as the death toll climbed to 146 and people gathered to pray that survivors will be found six days after the devastating tremor.

Rescue teams from New Zealand and seven countries, including the United States, China, Japan, and Australia, have been scouring ruined buildings in the central city and suburban areas hardest hit by Tuesday's 6.3 tremor -- but found only the dead.

"They can see bodies that they are trying to get out," police shift commander Russell Gibson said.

The dead include people from 20 nations, including dozens of students from Japan, China, and Taiwan who were in Christchurch, one of New Zealand's most attractive cities, to learn English in view of the country's dramatic southern Alps.

The city's mayor clung to the hope that more would be found alive, even as aftershocks brought down masonry and sent rescue teams scrambling for safety.

"I will not stop hoping that we will find people alive in the damaged structures of our city until I am told by the police and the urban search and rescue teams that no such optimism can exist any longer," Bob Parker told reporters.

No survivors have been rescued since mid-afternoon on Wednesday. The number of missing remains at more than 200, but police have said it is likely that the number includes recovered bodies that have yet to be identified.

Prime Minister John Key has called for a two-minute national silence on March 1 as a sign of unity for the people of Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city, and to grieve for people killed in the country's worst natural disaster for 80 years.

"For now we must do all we can to show its people that all of New Zealand grieves with them," said Key.

PRAYING

At the historic 155-year-old stone-built Holy Trinity Anglican Church on the fringes of the devastated city center, Reverend Hugh Bowron said parishioners at the first service since the quake were still stunned.

"The church was badly damaged in the last earthquake, and won't be repairable now, so the sense of hope has taken on a much grittier edge'" Bowron told Reuters.

"But most people were delighted just to be with each other, just to know that others were still alive."

In the central city, the painstaking search concentrated on a finance company office block, the city's landmark cathedral and a local television building, which housed an English language school.

Japanese, Chinese and English teams joined locals to pull apart the buildings, where floors pancaked on top of each other, brick by brick.

"What we're doing is removing the debris, we're looking for voids or spaces where there may be the living," said fire rescue head Jim Stuart Black.

Rescuers crawled through large steel tubes to get into the core of the cathedral, where around 20 bodies are believed trapped.

Engineers were also moving to prop up the teetering 26-storey Hotel Grand Chancellor, which had hampered search operations because of fears it would collapse and bring down adjoining buildings.

In the devastated eastern suburbs nearest the quake epicenter, where hundreds of homes have been marked with red tape for demolition, thousands of volunteers delivered food parcels and water, and shoveled meter-deep grey silt that had squirted through roads and gardens.

But there was frustration that relief and repair efforts in the city of 400,000, New Zealand's second biggest, were not happening fast enough.

"We're just trying to look out for one another. The aftershocks are still sending us flying," said Dave Pascoe in the poorer suburb of Aranui.

Making things worse was a string of burglaries by local youths, Pascoe said.

A handful of people have been arrested for looting as police, boosted by more than 300 officers from Australia, and troops in armored personnel carriers have locked down the city center and enforced a dusk to dawn curfew.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 28 Feb, 2011 09:01 pm
Another update:

http://www.bellingencourier.com.au/news/world/world/general/remarkable-find-in-christchurch-earthquake-ruins/2090105.aspx?storypage=0

'Remarkable' find in Christchurch earthquake ruins
01 Mar, 2011 10:18 AM

Two time capsules have been discovered underneath a statue damaged in the quake, as the nation prepares to mark one week since the tragedy struck.

The time capsules were discovered in Cathedral Square under the plinth of a statue of John Robert Godley, which was damaged in the quake. One was a small glass capsule while the other was a large metal-like object.

The discovery, described by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker as "remarkable", cameas police predicted the final death toll following last Tuesday's 6.3 magnitude quake would reach about 240 victims.

The capsules will be opened in the future, but will be looked after at the city museum in the meantime.

Parker said he hoped to "discover and understand the words and visions of our forebears" in the capsules.

Irishman John Robert Godley is known as the "Founder of Canterbury" even though he lived there for only two-and-a-half years. He travelled in Ireland and North America and developed ideas about how colonies should be established and governed.

The statue will be rebuilt, Parker said.

TWO MINUTES' SILENCE

Today New Zealand will stop at 12.51pm local time to observe two minutes' silence as a sign of unity for the people of Christchurch and out of respect for those who lost their lives.

Mayor Bob Parker said today will be "massively emotional" as people stop to remember quake victims.

"Emotion will gush to the surface," he told TVNZ. "It will be the first time that a lot of people will have stopped. Being together will be powerful, and wherever we are we need to stand together as one.

"I still find it difficult to believe we're in the middle of this. When do our people stop being punished?"

The public is being urged to attend vigils for the dead.

Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, his wife Lady Satyanand, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, church and faith representatives, MPs and overseas diplomats will attend a ceremony on the steps of Parliament at 12.30pm today, with members of the public invited to gather on the forecourt or lawn.

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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 4 Mar, 2011 01:20 pm
This quake is located at a smaller island south of where Christ Church is.

5.0 Mb - AUCKLAND ISLANDS, N.Z. REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.0 Mb
Date-Time

* 4 Mar 2011 15:46:12 UTC
* 5 Mar 2011 02:46:12 near epicenter
* 4 Mar 2011 09:46:12 standard time in your timezone

Location 49.828S 164.041E
Depth 20 km
Distances

* 163 km (101 miles) WNW (300 degrees) of Auckland Island, New Zealand
* 497 km (309 miles) SW (218 degrees) of Invercargill, New Zealand
* 652 km (405 miles) SW (225 degrees) of Dunedin, New Zealand
* 1263 km (785 miles) SW (218 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 17 Mar, 2011 12:11 pm
Prince William calls NZ quake damage "unbelievable"

http://www.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20110317&t=2&i=364935595&w=&fh=&fw=&ll=460&pl=300&r=2011-03-17T143948Z_01_BTRE72G14QH00_RTROPTP_0_NEWZEALAND

"The scale of it is unbelievable, it really does bring it home to you to see a building like that, it's just so sad," the prince said looking at the 26-storey Hotel Grand Chancellor, which is teetering at a dangerous angle after part of its foundations slumped.


Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 16 Apr, 2011 02:28 am
Magnitude 5.2 - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
2011 April 16 05:49:22 UTC

Earthquake Details

This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 5.2
Date-Time

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 05:49:22 UTC
Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 05:49:22 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 43.626°S, 172.837°E
Depth 9.2 km (5.7 miles)
Region SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Distances 16 km (9 miles) ESE of Christchurch, New Zealand
232 km (144 miles) SSE of Westport, New Zealand
304 km (188 miles) SSW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
310 km (192 miles) NE of Dunedin, New Zealand
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JTT
 
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Reply Sat 16 Apr, 2011 07:51 am
@Butrflynet,
Quote:
Prince William calls NZ quake damage "unbelievable"


That's good that that's settled. Up until now, I hadn't believed the experts. I hope that he can get over to Japan to confirm things there for the world.
dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 16 Apr, 2011 07:55 am
@JTT,
JTT wrote:

Quote:
Prince William calls NZ quake damage "unbelievable"


That's good that that's settled. Up until now, I hadn't believed the experts. I hope that he can get over to Japan to confirm things there for the world.

I doubt it. He's too busy spamming my life with his fkng wedding. Actually its prolly not his fault.
It's his missus.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2011 04:08 pm

Quake city exhausts its shaky residents
June 18, 2011

After the first big earthquake, Christchurch dusted off and carried on. Not this time.

The Anglican bishop, the Right Reverend Victoria Matthews, is seeing a ''deep weariness of soul'' among Christchurch residents.

A business leader is hearing accounts of exhaustion, trauma and stress. A clinical psychologist says some people are at breaking point.

The two big aftershocks that rattled Christchurch this week - magnitude 5.5 and 6 - have heaped another layer of anxiety on to those trying to survive in the earthquake-ravaged city.

On September 4 last year, after the first big earthquake hit - a 7.1-magnitude - thousands dug in, dusted off and carried on.

The deadly February 22 quake, which killed 182, left many with no choice but to leave as houses and workplaces crumbled.

But this week, as the quakes again brought the damaged city to a standstill, opening sinkholes in roads, toppling buildings, flooding streets and bursting pipes, it was the mental pressure that was being examined.

Anxiety was at least partially to blame for the exodus of more than 10,000 school students since the February 22 quake. According to latest figures, 3660 students have returned to their Christchurch schools, but 6546 - or 8.6 per cent of the total - have not.

There were fears this week that the latest quakes would spark a renewed flight from the region. Even the Prime Minister, John Key, recognised the potential problem, calling on locals to stay if they could.

''I think the most significant damage at the moment is to the confidence of Cantabrians who really want all this to end and to feel there's some clear air to start rebuilding their city.

A Christchurch clinical psychologist, Richard Wheeler, said quakes might be ''too much'' for some people, who would now need professional help. He said he had seen 25 patients after previous quakes and expected to see more after Monday's tremors.

The Cook family - Gareth, his wife Annette and daughters Cambelle, 8, and Tasman, 6 - have no water after Monday's aftershocks and have not had wastewater for ''months''.

Part of their front living room tilts alarmingly towards the ground. They use a Portaloo or chemical toilets.

They have to walk on planks resting on bricks to get to the front door, and their home is constantly at risk from the swollen Avon River.

To make matters even worse, none of the family's problems will be over until the New Zealand government decides whether the land they live on should be abandoned - a decision that could still be far away.

Gareth said the waiting and not knowing was one of the hardest things to deal with.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/quake-city-exhausts-its-shaky-residents-20110617-1g7vv.html#ixzz1PZcv0lSi




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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jun, 2011 11:55 am
5.1 Mb - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.1 Mb
Date-Time

21 Jun 2011 10:34:22 UTC
21 Jun 2011 22:34:22 near epicenter
21 Jun 2011 04:34:22 standard time in your timezone

Location 43.596S 172.607E
Depth 10 km
Distances

7 km (4 miles) SW (223 degrees) of Christchurch, New Zealand
218 km (136 miles) SSE (159 degrees) of Westport, New Zealand
302 km (188 miles) NE (34 degrees) of Dunedin, New Zealand
313 km (194 miles) SW (214 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 10 Sep, 2011 05:22 pm
5.9 Mw - AUCKLAND ISLANDS, N.Z. REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.9 Mw
Date-Time

9 Sep 2011 19:26:00 UTC
10 Sep 2011 06:26:00 near epicenter
9 Sep 2011 13:26:00 standard time in your timezone

Location 49.675S 163.994E
Depth 10 km
Distances

175 km (109 miles) NW (304 degrees) of Auckland Island, New Zealand
487 km (303 miles) SW (220 degrees) of Invercargill, New Zealand
644 km (400 miles) SW (227 degrees) of Dunedin, New Zealand
1254 km (779 miles) SW (218 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 1 Oct, 2011 10:12 am
5.6 Mb - OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.6 Mb
Date-Time

1 Oct 2011 10:54:34 UTC
1 Oct 2011 21:54:34 near epicenter
1 Oct 2011 04:54:34 standard time in your timezone

Location 48.967S 164.348E
Depth 34 km
Distances

215 km (134 miles) NW (326 degrees) of Auckland Island, New Zealand
414 km (257 miles) SW (225 degrees) of Invercargill, New Zealand
577 km (358 miles) SW (231 degrees) of Dunedin, New Zealand
1181 km (734 miles) SW (220 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 18 Nov, 2011 09:18 am
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/175_-40.gif

6.1 Mw - OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.1 Mw
Date-Time

18 Nov 2011 07:51:27 UTC
18 Nov 2011 19:51:27 near epicenter
18 Nov 2011 01:51:27 standard time in your timezone

Location 37.608S 179.243E
Depth 26 km
Distances

159 km (99 miles) NE (43 degrees) of Gisborne, New Zealand
266 km (165 miles) E (79 degrees) of Rotorua, New Zealand
287 km (179 miles) NE (44 degrees) of Napier, New Zealand
405 km (252 miles) ESE (103 degrees) of Auckland, New Zealand
560 km (348 miles) NE (45 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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5.7 Mw - OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.7 Mw
Date-Time

18 Nov 2011 04:34:07 UTC
18 Nov 2011 16:34:07 near epicenter
17 Nov 2011 22:34:07 standard time in your timezone

Location 37.586S 179.292E
Depth 20 km
Distances

164 km (102 miles) NE (43 degrees) of Gisborne, New Zealand
271 km (168 miles) ENE (78 degrees) of Rotorua, New Zealand
292 km (182 miles) NE (45 degrees) of Napier, New Zealand
408 km (254 miles) ESE (103 degrees) of Auckland, New Zealand
565 km (351 miles) NE (45 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 18 Nov, 2011 09:20 am
@Butrflynet,
Powerful 6.1 earthquake off Gisborne
Last updated 21:41 18/11/2011

An earthquake measuring 6.1 was recorded 220kms north east of Gisborne tonight.

GNS science reported the earthquake was recorded at 8.51pm at a depth of 40kms and was felt in the eastern North Island.

A 5.3 magnitude quake was also recorded near the same spot at 3.43pm, at a depth of 15kms, followed by a 5.8 one at 5.34pm at a depth of 33kms.

Gisborne police said there had been no calls for assistance or reports of damage following the quake.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 07:57 pm
Christchurch gets hit again...

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/170_-45.gif

5.8 Mw - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.8 Mw
Date-Time

23 Dec 2011 00:58:36 UTC
23 Dec 2011 13:58:36 near epicenter
22 Dec 2011 18:58:36 standard time in your timezone

Location 43.489S 172.976E
Depth 4 km
Distances

26 km (16 miles) ENE (75 degrees) of Christchurch, New Zealand
221 km (137 miles) SSE (151 degrees) of Westport, New Zealand
287 km (178 miles) SSW (211 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6184519/Large-earthquake-hits-Christchurch

Large earthquake hits Christchurch
Last updated 14:47 23/12/2011

BREAKING NEWS: A large earthquake has hit Christchurch, injuring at least one person and disrupting power, phone services and retailers.

The magnitude 5.8 quake was 8km deep and centred 20km north east of Lyttelton. It struck at 1.58pm and was followed by a second sharp jolt a few minutes later. Several other aftershocks have also been recorded.

The quake was felt as far south as Queenstown and as far north as Lower Hutt, according to GeoNet. People in Greymouth, Ashburton, Dunedin, Hanmer Springs and Oamaru also felt the quake.

There are early reports of liquefaction in the Christchurch suburb of Parklands and rockfalls in the Sumner area. Phone lines are down and power is out in New Brighton.

Christchurch Airport has been evacuated and flights cancelled. Fairfax reporter Hamish Rutherford, who was at the airport, said the alarms had gone off, people had left the building, and were now waiting outside.

He said people kept calm while the building rocked from side to side during the strong quake, which lasted about 20 seconds.

Airport chief executive Jim Boult said full checks were being done of the runway, navigation systems and terminals.

"I'm pretty sure we will be open again this afternoon,'' he told Radio New Zealand.

A lot of people had left the airport in their cars to return to their homes to check on their loved ones and properties, he said.

Boult advised people to check with their airlines before heading to airports, as there would be flight disruptions throughout the afternoon.

BLOW TO RETAILERS

A visitor to the city said Westfield Mall was being evacuated. Terrified shoppers stumbled and fell as they fled the mall and items tumbled off shelves.

Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale said the shake came at the worst possible time for retailers, as people completed their Christmas shopping.

Ballantynes department store had closed for the day, even though it was brought up to 100 per cent of the earthquake code, after the February shake, he told Radio New Zealand.

While it was a sizable shake, there was no visible damage in the CBD, where 28 stores had reopened in containers, he said.

"It's really the last thing we needed - a shake just before Christmas," he said.

"We've had a hell of a year really in many respects.

"We thought it was close to being over, but perhaps not quite."

EMERGENCY SERVICES RESPOND

There was no sign of any damage to the city, police spokesman Steven Hill said.

One person, who was at the Eastgate Mall in Linwood, had been injured and was taken to hospital, Hill said.

All the malls have been closed and the police patrols are searching the streets for damage.

The Lyttelton Tunnel remains open, Hill said.

A St John's ambulance spokesman said they had received a number of calls and were attending to a range of incidents. He could not say what the nature of the calls were, but that the ambulance service was extremely busy.

POLITICAL RESPONSE

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker was at Lake Taupo getting ready to celebrate Christmas with his family when the quake hit.

He said he was desperately trying to get back home and was expected to land in Christchurch after 7.30pm.

"I've been texting family members to see if everyone is okay, everyone is very shaken. I haven't heard any more significant problems at the moment.

"Inevitably it would have caused damaged to structures, we hope it hasn't unsettled any rock falls, and we just have to hope the liquefaction issues don't return."

Parker said he felt "really worried" and wanted to get home.

"The randomness of this sort of event is very unsettling for everybody."

Prime Minister John Key is in Auckland and was this afternoon being briefed on the situation.

"He will continue to be updated during the course of the afternoon as information comes in," a spokesman said.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee was today on the first day of a holiday out of town and could not be contacted immediately.

Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner is not in Christchurch but said her she had spoken to her staff who reported liquefaction in the streets in the eastern part of the city.

Ms Wagner was in Cheviot, North Canterbury, when the quake struck but said she felt the shaking.

She called her office who told her the house of one of her staff that had been damaged in an earlier quake had suffered further.

"They're a bit nervous about going into it and liquefaction is coming up in the streets there, that's in the east."

RESIDENTS FRIGHTENED BY SWARM OF QUAKES

St Martins resident Jo Davis said she could hear sirens and was hoping there weren't injuries from the latest quake.

"I was terrified, I guess just because it's been so long since we've had a decent one. We've had a TV and glasses fall over but no repeat of liquefaction like in June so I guess it's not so bad.

"There were four kids here since it's school holidays and the two-year-old in the sandpit was the least worried. The neighbours were screaming."

Staff and visitors at the Ferrymead Heritage Park clung to each other as the quake hit and emptied shelves in the gift shop.

''It was horrible - not as bad as the February one but horrible just the same,'' a staff member said.

''We clung to each other - it seemed to go on for a long time.

''There was a noise but there were lots of noises - the quake and then everything falling off shelves.''

No major damage to the park or its buildings at the foot of the Port Hills was immediately apparent.

Anthony Surynt was working in an electrical workshop in Sydenham when the quake struck.

He said it was the biggest one he has felt since June 13, when a 6.3 magnitude hit the city.

He could see the Grand Chancellor from where he was and said it was still standing.

Nothing had fallen off the shelves but it was quite a scare as there hadn't been many large earthquakes in the area for a while, he said.

It lasted for about 10 to 15 seconds, but didn't have any sharp "vicious movements" like the previous quakes had caused.

Shirley resident Jenny Dalziel said the quake was about 10 seconds long and shook things off shelves.

She said she was driving to her mother's house and had spotted liquefaction bubbling up in some areas though it did not appear as serious as previous quakes.

Vanya Rothwell, of Linwood, was at Eastgate with her daughter and grandson. They were in their car in the parking lot.

"It felt as if we were towing a trailer or had hit another car and then it started to really bounce the car."

They got out of the car when aftershocks hits. People were running out of the mall screaming, and children were crying, Rothwell says.

BACKGROUND

Last year Christchurch was rocked by a series of earthquakes on Boxing Day, with more than two dozen recorded.

A 4.9-magnitude quake at 10.30am was the 17th most powerful since the damaging 7.1 quake on September 4.

The earthquake that caused the most damage hit on February 22, killing 182 people.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2011 10:48 pm
Two more large quakes, one the same size as the last and one slightly smaller.

5.8 Mw - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.8 Mw
Date-Time

23 Dec 2011 02:18:02 UTC
23 Dec 2011 15:18:02 near epicenter
22 Dec 2011 20:18:02 standard time in your timezone

Location 43.491S 172.843E
Depth 4 km
Distances

16 km (10 miles) ENE (65 degrees) of Christchurch, New Zealand
216 km (134 miles) SSE (153 degrees) of Westport, New Zealand
293 km (182 miles) SSW (212 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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5.3 Mb - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.3 Mb
Date-Time

23 Dec 2011 01:06:25 UTC
23 Dec 2011 14:06:25 near epicenter
22 Dec 2011 19:06:25 standard time in your timezone

Location 43.456S 172.899E
Depth 3 km
Distances

21 km (13 miles) ENE (61 degrees) of Christchurch, New Zealand
214 km (133 miles) SSE (152 degrees) of Westport, New Zealand
287 km (178 miles) SSW (212 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10775043

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Christchurch earthquake: Rockfalls, liquefaction, injuries after quakes

A series of earthquakes have terrified many already-frazzled Christchurch residents this afternoon, starting with a 5.8 magnitude tremor at 1.58pm.

It was followed by a 6.0 magnitude aftershock at 3.18pm, centred 10km east of Christchurch in South New Brighton.

There was also a 5.3 magnitude quake at 2.06pm and a 5.0 at 4.50pm.

Initial reports said one person had received minor injuries, although St John had responded to 19 earthquake-related emergency calls in and around Christchurch.

They ranged from complaints of chest pain and seizures, to a panic attack.

Five people had collapsed, and one suffered a knock to the head.

St John said all injuries were minor.

Police say there is no tsunami threat, and they have no reports of serious or widespread damage or injury.

Civil Defence staff have met on the ground in Christchurch to get a good picture of the extent of impact, but national civil defence controller David Coetzee said it was too early to comment on the way forward.

He said while there were no reports of serious damage, buildings that were already weakened in previous earthquakes may have sustained further damage.

"There will be further aftershocks. This event pretty much takes the pattern of the June event," he said, referring to a strong aftershocks in Christchurch that month.

"Be aware of further aftershocks. Drop, cover and hold remains the old mantra. Look after each other, look after the neighbours, stay safe and call 111 or the council if you need help."

Rockfalls and damage

People were urged to stay away from hill suburbs because of risk of rockfalls, and Coastguard had rescued four people who were trapped by rockfall in Boulder Bay.

Police said there had also been a significant rockfall at Redcliffs, a stopbank on New Brighton Road had collapsed, a partly demolished building on the corner of Barbadoes and Kilmore Streets collapsed, and a vacant house at 81 Aynsley Terrace collapsed.

Some residents at Windsor Hospital rest home in New Brighton were trapped on the second floor of the building, but are being evacuated by the Fire Service.

There has been significant flooding and liquefaction in the eastern suburbs including Avonside and Bexley.

The India Blue restaurant in Sumner is damaged and has been cordoned off and a building on the corner of Charles Street and William Street in Kaiapoi is at risk of collapse.

Road damage and liquefaction

Major holes in the road were reported to have opened up on Broadhaven Avenue, and liquefaction was reported in Avonside.

Drivers were urged to slow down and be patient as congestion built up in some areas.

Police said Christchurch residents should stay off roads if at all possible, and text rather than phone.

Christchurch Hospital, the Princess Margaret Hospital and Hillmorton are all fully operational. Burwood is operating on emergency power.

There are no reports of damage and no injuries to staff or patients who were at the board's facilities at the time of the quake.

The DHB said people can access 24-hour non-emergency care through their general practice, and are asked to help keep the Emergency Department clear for genuine emergencies. The 111 service is operating normally for emergencies.

The Christchurch mayor said his heart breaks for Cantabrians shocked by a series of earthquakes this afternoon.

The first, a magnitude 5.8 tremor, struck at 1.50pm. Its focal point was at a depth of eight kilometres, 20km off the coast of Lyttelton.

Airport evacuated

Christchurch Airport remains evacuated, with literally hundreds of people standing outside with their luggage.

Newstalk ZB reporter Scarlett Cvitanovich says nobody knows when they'll be able to go back inside.

"There's quite a bit of aggression out there. People are asking how they're going to get on flights in time for Christmas and are taking it out on staff at the moment," she says.

Flights bound for Christchurch are also being diverted to other cities.

Key: 'My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch'

Prime Minister John Key said Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee, will be heading to Christchurch this afternoon to access the situation.

"My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch and Canterbury at this time," Mr Key said.

"However, residents can be confident that the authorities are onto the situation and government resources stand ready to assist wherever they are needed.

"The Government's resolve to work with the people of Christchurch and Canterbury to rebuild remains unchanged following today's two aftershocks."

Mayor Bob Parker has now booked to fly back to Christchurch from Taupo, where he was holidaying.

He told TVNZ he was getting a lot of reports in from the east of the city of minor damage.

"On the east there's more reports coming in of liquefaction, in Avondale ... and there's small collapses around riverbanks."

He said while initial reports tell of minor damage to the city, today's shake would have taken a large emotional toll on people.

"Many of them just sitting around and in tears. You just can't understand the ongoing stress."

"We were just getting over that feeling, I think, and it sets people back."

Chlorine had finally been removed from the waterways two weeks ago, and today's quake could have set infrastructure progress back, he said.

'Very violent... constant rolling'

Jacqui Taylor said she was working in the Lyttelton library when the first magnitude 5.8 quake hit.

"It was very violent, with constant rolling for a very long time, we left the building and people gathered in the main street. there were more aftershocks while we were in the street.

"I luckily made it through the tunnel and back home in Addington, feeling one more shake while i was in my car at the lights."

Power outages

Electricity distributor Orion said, following the 3.18pm magnitude 6.0 aftershock, power was again tripped to the Eastern Suburbs of Christchurch and to the rural central Canterbury area around Springston.

Around 26,000 customers remain without power in eastern Christchurch. Power is out from the New Brighton area through to Shirley.

Orion said its crews were out assessing damage. It said it appeared power is out due to tripping caused by shaking rather than damage to equipment.

Neanwhile New Zealand Post said there will be no mail deliveries in Christchurch. The Christchurch Mail Centre has been evacuated as a precaution and will not re-open this evening.

The next scheduled mail deliveries following the statutory holidays will be December 28.

Emergency Operations Centre

The Christchurch City Council has established an Emergency Operations Centre in the city. There has been a rockfall behind containers at Scarborough, and liquefaction at Parklands, the council said.

Police are doing aerial reconnaissance to check for damage across the city.

All Council buildings will be closed until they can be assessed as safe to occupy. People should assume all Council buildings are closed until they can be assessed and declared safe.

Cantabrians are being warned that more aftershocks could be on the way before Christmas.

GNS: More aftershocks to come

GNS seismologist Ken Gledhill told TVNZ "this is part of a series of earthquakes that have been set off by what happened in September 2010.

"In the coming days the most likely scenario is that there will be a series of aftershocks in a similar location.

"This is just a reminder that this area is more active than what it was before September 2010."

He said GNS were doing the best they could with information and the situation in Christchurch.

- APNZ


Raw video: 6.0 magnitude quake hits Christchurch
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They're still rocking and rolling...

5.0 Mb - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.0 Mb
Date-Time

23 Dec 2011 17:37:30 UTC
24 Dec 2011 06:37:30 near epicenter
23 Dec 2011 11:37:30 standard time in your timezone

Location 43.649S 172.901E
Depth 7 km
Distances

22 km (14 miles) ESE (120 degrees) of Christchurch, New Zealand
234 km (145 miles) SSE (154 degrees) of Westport, New Zealand
305 km (190 miles) SSW (210 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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Reply Fri 30 Dec, 2011 08:16 pm
5.3 Mb - SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 5.3 Mb
Date-Time

31 Dec 2011 00:44:46 UTC
31 Dec 2011 13:44:46 near epicenter
30 Dec 2011 18:44:46 standard time in your timezone

Location 43.484S 172.823E
Depth 10 km
Distances

15 km (9 miles) ENE (60 degrees) of Christchurch, New Zealand
214 km (133 miles) SSE (153 degrees) of Westport, New Zealand
293 km (182 miles) SSW (213 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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Reply Thu 19 Jan, 2012 02:38 am
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6.1 Mw - OFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.1 Mw
Date-Time

19 Jan 2012 06:48:48 UTC
19 Jan 2012 17:48:48 near epicenter
19 Jan 2012 00:48:48 standard time in your timezone

Location 46.676S 165.723E
Depth 18 km
Distances

203 km (126 miles) W (260 degrees) of Invercargill, New Zealand
292 km (181 miles) SW (231 degrees) of Queenstown, New Zealand
378 km (235 miles) WSW (255 degrees) of Dunedin, New Zealand
940 km (584 miles) SW (227 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
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