Latest Civil Defence Update on earthquake-stricken Christchurch

#CHCH #EQNZ Quake Update 15

0655 hrs

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12:51, February 22, 2011. Depth (focal depth): 5km.

There have been 26 aftershocks greater than magnitude 4, with four greater than magnitude 5.

Considerable damage has been reported in the Christchurch Central Business District and in Lyttelton. A more thorough assessment of the damage will completed over the next 24 hours. Rescue work is likely to take days to complete.

Aftershocks are likely to continue and this could lead to further building damage or collapse.

A large number of people have been pulled alive from collapsed buildings as rescuers have continued to work throughout the night under floodlights.

The focus overnight and continuing into the morning is on rescuing those who are trapped. Search and rescue teams alongside emergency services are coordinating this effort.

See also: http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/

Damage assessmentThe Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is assessing information with the assistance of scientific advisors and Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups. 

The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated. 
  • To minimise loading on the telecommunications network, people should use txt messaging to check if friends and family are safe
  • There are reports of widespread building collapse (especially in the central city).
  • There are 65 confirmed fatalities and numerous reports of injuries. This figure is likely to rise.
  • The earthquake was felt widely across the South Island.
  • Christchurch City declared a state of emergency at 1445 hrs.
  • National agencies have been activated and are being coordinated via the National Crisis Management Centre.
  • The National Crisis Management Centre is anticipating a need for temporary accommodation due to the extensive building damage.

Government help line
Call the Ministry of Social Development's Government help line 0800 779 997 for information about all government services and support.

Red Cross Person Enquiry Line now activated
The New Zealand Red Cross Person Enquiry Line is now activated.

My prayers and thoughts are with Christchurch, my heart is breaking... it seems wrong to be going about my normal day today when Christchurch is so totally devastated.
Wishing I could be doing more, but I will be praying - probably the only, but the best thing I can be doing at the moment.
Elizabeth
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