Daily Archives: February 23, 2011

Earthquake, Christchurch #eqnz Day 2

Emergency Helpline 0800 77 9997 – For missing people call Red Cross 0800 733 276 #eqnz #christchurch

Latest update from @NZcivildefence #CHCH #EQNZ http://tinyurl.com/49w4amj

Thursday 24 February 2.38am (via Stuff)
What you need to know http://dlvr.it/HLDQr

Prime Minister John Key has declared a National State of Emergency. New Zealand http://bit.ly/e7tGi2
This is New Zealand’s first national state of emergency declared and is likely to be the nation’s WORST natural disaster.

“I’m proud of New Zealand. I’m proud of the people of Canterbury… The rest of NZ is with Canterbury.” – John Key, speaking to JC. #eqnz
CampbellLive, TV3

@johnkeypm Via Website: Canterbury Earthquake – Flickr Photoset: This photoset on Flickr contains images gathered during th… http://bit.ly/fM4C2L

John Key, when asked about the cost of earthquake recovery, said he couldn’t rule out a bill of $16 billion. There will be a lasting effect on the city and the economy.

Civil Defence chiefs are moving the nerve centre of their operations from Wellington to Christchurch this afternoon (Wednesday) as rescue efforts enter a second day. A national action plan would be ready by tomorrow.

President Obama statement on #EQNZ #CHCH : http://ow.ly/41s5u


Christchurch CBD has been devastated by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake/aftershock at 12.51 pm today, just 5km deep, 10km south-east of the city (epicentre in Lyttelton). Liquefaction is extensive.
Aftershocks continue.

(11.21pm Wednesday)
Christchurch quake (via Stuff) latest info http://dlvr.it/HLvJd

Aerial photos showing devastation at Christchurch nzh.tw/g/116918 #eqnz

Christchurch City Council. We are currently experiencing network issues with our website. Please check @ecan http://www.canterburyearthquake.org.nz #eqnz #chc

Christchurch earthquake update for staff published at 1:15pm: http://www.stats.govt.nz/about_us/earthquake.aspx

Fatalities confirmed:75. 300 reported missing.
65 bodies moved to Christchurch Police Station for formal identification.

St John Ambulance has tripled the number of ambulances on the ground – the organisation is on top of its resources. 35 ambulances available.

All New Zealand Hospitals are on CODE RED.
Large-scale operation underway to transfer the injured to hospitals throughout the country. #eqnz

Christchurch Hospital setting up a new Field Hospital within 24 hours, its location will spill out onto Hagley Park. The Hospital’s Riverside Block has been compromised by flooding with the loss of 150 acute beds.
Burwood Hospital is without power, relying on a generator.

The Canterbury DHB is calling for all staff able to work to come in, and will pay for childcare nzh.tw/10708163 #eqnz

65,000 houses in Christchurch without power (last reported).
32 Generators have been deployed to various nodes around Christchurch, emphasis on those requiring medical and comms. services. #EQNZ

All people evacuating or leaving their buildings and homes should TURN THE POWER OFF to reduce the risk of fire.

Residents of the Kate Sheppard Home evacuated to the Merivale Retirement Village – 03 355 2021. #EqnzContact

A CORDON around the CBD and a CURFEW is now in place (from 6.30pm tonight, Wednesday 23 February). Access to the central city is restricted to emergency personnel tonight. During the days ahead, DO NOT sight-see in the Christchurch CBD. Please leave the area. Residents are asked to stay at home. #eqnz

New Zealand Starts Christchurch Curfew (Wall Street Journal) http://feedzil.la/fuXq0t

Over 1000 military personnel are on the ground in Christchurch City.

700 Urban Search and Rescue staff on the ground.

USA sending 74-strong elite SAR team and UK sending a 69-strong SAR team.
Australia sending more S&R teams.

News from Tokyo direct:
@DailyYomiuri Japan relief team has left for NZ on govt jet; govt decided not to carry relatives of missing Japanese partly due to tight schedule. #nzeq

News from the #Chch City Council – Water distribution locations: http://bit.ly/eNH4E2 /via @ChristchurchCC #eqnz

Christchurch City Council will make water tankers available in the following locations:
South New Brighton
According to Mayor Bob Parker, more tanker stations will be set up around Christchurch.

Note: You will still need to boil the water for at least 3 minutes before drinking.

Big Blue CHCH bottling facility demolished – but the company is poised to provide pure water to the public.

Wastewater is leaching into the ground across quake affected areas of Christchurch, increasing the risk of water-borne disease.

ONE News will recommence coverage at 6am Thursday 23 February.

3 News (8.30pm – Wednesday) returns at 6am Thursday 23 February.

Vodafone says its mobile network is still operational in the Canterbury region but it is experiencing congestion. #eqnz

All Telcos advise everyone in Christchurch to change their mobile voicemail to let people know they’re ok, if battery is running low #EQNZ

Free WiFi hotspots @ Telecom Riccarton Mall, Cafe Zero Cashmere Road + Westpac Centre Addington #eqnz ^RI

Air New Zealand and JetStar have announced special conditions and fares for flights to and from Christchurch http://bit.ly/hqj87X

Bus Services (10.12pm, Wednesday) @InterCityBUS InterCity.co.nz services to and from Christchurch operate as normal. Temporary stop corner of Colombo & Bealey ave. #chch #eqnz

Military flights are transporting 800 tourists out of Christchurch. The backlog might not be cleared until tomorrow, Thursday.

Lyttelton Port has sustained damage from the earthquake but says staff have escaped injury. LATEST Obvious damage to walls. The ports of Lyttelton are closed for structural assessment #eqnz

Lyttelton Tunnel Closed To Private Vehicles.

Christchurch is gridlocked – please keep off the roads, leave them clear for emergency services.

(9.39pm Wednesday) Two bridges have just been opened over the Avon: Swans Rd, Avonside Dr and Gayhurst Rd #eqnz #chch

Rail network largely cleared and trains are set to begin moving early tomorrow. For more details http://bit.ly/hfqltH #eqnz

Pak’N Save nationwide are allowing folk around NZ to prepay for food & family pick groceries in ChCh stores. (NewstalkZB)

Foodstuffs supermarkets status. The following Christchurch Foodstuff supermarkets are open … http://bit.ly/goEsZv

Most dairies on Riccarton open with VERY limited stock #eqnz

Night and Day store at Hagley Park is up and running with heaps of milk and some bread #eqnz

Reserve Bank makes sure there’s cash in Christchurch http://tinyurl.com/4tj5bp7

(Wednesday, 5.18pm) All BNZ branches within the Christchurch area were closed today and will remain closed tomorrow (Thursday).

In the Canterbury region the following BNZ branches are open for business: Kaikoura; Hanmer Springs; Methven; Geraldine; Timaru; Waimate; Oamaru.

The following BNZ ATMs are open for cash withdrawals as at 4pm today (Wednesday): Christchurch Casino; On Spot Express Kaiapoi; Christchurch International Airport; Christchurch International Airport arrivals; Shell Kaiapoi; Lincoln New World; Christchurch Domestic Airport; Pegasus Town Convenience Centre; Rolleston New World; Barrington Mall; Shell Carmen Road; Northlands Pak’N Save; Merivale Mall; Belfast New World; Shell Belfast; Bishopdale New World; Northwood Supa Centa; Ashburton New World; Halswell New World; Ashburton Store; Akaroa Store; Hornby Store; Leeston Store; Rangiora Store; Rolleston Store.

On-going updates regarding ATM and store availability can be found at www.bnz.co.nz and www.twitter.com/bnzbank


For more information see previous post.

Emergency Helpline:
QUAKE HELPLINE 0800 779 997

Follow @NZcivildefence #CHCH #EQNZ

Follow Christchurch City Council @ChristchurchCC #eqnz #Christchurch

[NOTE: You can google all Twitter addresses, eg @NZcivildefence, to read tweets without having to be subscribed to Twitter. Twitter is open domain.]

For missing people call Red Cross 0800 733 276 #eqnz #christchurch

People enquiring from outside New Zealand for the Red Cross should call +64 7 850 2199 #EQNZ

Red Cross has opened a call centre in Palmerston North to assist with overload #eqnz

WINZ Earthquake & Emergency assistance http://www.msd.govt.nz/emergency/index.html #EQNZ

Citizens Advice Bureau 0800 367 222 #eqnz

Lifeline 24 hour counselling service, same number as Kidsline 0800 543 754

Samaritans Helpline 0800 726 666 is there 24/7 for those who need emotional support #eqnz

Chch residents: phone your own doctor before going to hospital – your doctor will tell you where to go #eqnz

Cantabrians with urgent medical needs can visit a GP for free (at no cost) until tomorrow night (Thursday). Ring your GP – if they dont answer you’ll be helped by a nurse #eqnz
Pegasus 24hr, Moorhouse Medical, Riccarton Clinic open.

The Welfare centre at Hagley Park will close this evening (Wednesday).
A new centre has been set up at Cowles Stadium in Aranui. #eqnz
Welfare Centre at Baptist Church, Rangiora.
Welfare Centre at Pioneer Stadium, Spreydon.
Lincoln is currently setting up a new Welfare Centre to take 500 people.
Lyttelton has set up its own Welfare Centre.

The frigate Canterbury will be docked at Lyttelton Port tonight, serving 1000 hot meals for people left homeless by the quake. #eqnz

LATEST (10.20pm Wednesday, via ONE News) Latimer Square in central Christchurch is no longer a temporary Welfare Centre. Since the “4 Avenues” Cordon has been in place tonight from 6.30pm, Latimer Square has been treated as a Media Centre and a centre for the coordination of Emergency Services.

Offers of earthquake assistance from public, esp offers of accom outside ChCh, shld be sent to earthquakehelp@msd.govt.nz
Accommodation at Wellington for Christchurch evacuees phone 801 4205

@DnCityCouncil For information about how to help Chch and who to call with offers of accommodation go to http://bit.ly/hfi9sH

TradeMe has a really good Earthquake section up now. You’ll find it on the front page. Emergency accommodation, transport, volunteer etc.

@MichellePickles Please let everyone know about http://www.quakeescape.org.nz – over 770 offers of accommodation to those who need it. #eqnz

The Holcim Tanker MV Westport at the Port of Lyttelton provided a limited number of beds on board last night, and will again tonight. (Wednesday)

(10pm Wednesday, via ONE News) Minister Judith Collins says inmates from low security Rolleston Prison are being moved to other facilities. Rolleston Prison will be set up for emergency accommodation (320 beds) – it was water, sewerage and a commercial kitchen.

Some Caltex stations getting new supplies at 2pm. Caltex Hornby, 427 Main South Road, Hornby – OPEN: New fuel arriving at 2pm today. Caltex Russley, 2 Russley Road, Yaldhurst – OPEN: new fuel arriving at 2pm today.
Shell truck stops open in the Christchurch area: Hornby, Templeton, Southbrook, Amberly
Shell retail outlets open in the Christchurch area: Belfast, Templeton, Carlton corner, Southbrook, Raceway, Moorhouse Ave (may be minimum hour wait for service)
Police are advising people travelling north of Christchurch that Kaikoura, which only has one petrol station, has run out of petrol. #eqnz
LATEST Caltex update: Caltex Riccarton Road, Riccarton and Caltex Dyers Road, Bromley are both closed. Caltex Lincoln Road, Spreydon is OPEN #eqnz


9.50pm Wednesday via TVNZ
CTV building: 24 rescued, 7 deceased, 22 still missing
PGG building: 24 rescued, 7 still trapped
Christchurch Cathedral: 22 missing, 20 expected dead
The Press building: 4 rescued, 1 deceased and more expected
St Asaph/Colombo: 6 dead, collapse onto buses; the bodies remain inside the vehicles.
Bakery on Cashel: 3 dead.


Big Blue CHCH bottling facility demolished but the company is poised to provide pure water to the public.

CTV building collapsed. The four-storeyed building housed a nursing school, a language school and Canterbury TV. Police believe there are no survivors left at the building. Heavy machinery used at the site created further instability; since shifted to PGG building where rescue efforts continue.
(Wednesday 9.50pm) Searchers have flood-lit CTV site, more than 20 police & USAR staff at the scene. Sniffer dogs also at scene
(Thursday 1.34am) Search and rescue workers have been redeployed from the Canterbury Television building and there is no sign of them returning (TVNZ).

Pyne Gould Guiness building (aka PGG Wrightson Building; sometimes referred to as PGC Building by media). Rescuers in touch with woman trapped under desk.
12 successful rescues have been made from the building. #eqnz
(Wednesday 7.40pm) 14 people still in PGG Building. Rescue efforts continue, operation likely to change to recovery tomorrow.

Old ANZ building cnr High and Lichfield. The 4-storeyed masonry building has been flattened; everyone at World in the building is out safely.

All PriceWaterhouseCoopers staff safe.

Hotel Grand Chancellor in Cashel St in danger of collapse, 26 storey building tallest in chch. Rescuers have been pulled back from the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Building has been fully evacuated.
(Wednesday 2:34pm) Building moved about one metre horizontally during the past 10 to 15 minutes #eqnz Building sinking due to liquefaction. Structural engineers continue to monitor the building.
(Wednesday 8.50pm) One internal floor has collapsed; building slumping to the east. Emergency services have cleared a two-block radius.

Compare photos of Christchurch buildings from before and after the earthquake: nzh.tw/g/116929 #eqnz

AMI Stadium hit by liquefaction, could be closed for 5 or more months. An issue for RWC 2011 hosting.
Downtown Bus Depot destroyed.
Smiths City carpark/overbridge is a concertina with cars in it #eqnz
YHA Christchurch City & YHA Rolleston house are closed until further notice, 4 more info incl connecting with luggage www.yha.co.nz

Canterbury University closed until further notice. Keep up to date on http://www.facebook.com/UCQuakeRecovery

Christchurch Areas:
Eastern suburbs badly affected.
Suburb of Dallington “hammered” by quake.
Lyttelton – reports say every building affected; entire centre of the town affected (Lyttelton was at the earthquake epicentre)
Lyttelton’s The Old Post building damaged.
Lyttelton Timeball sliced in half.

Suburb of Sumner devastated.
LATEST Houses on the cliffs at Sumner are being evacuated due to ground instability http://ow.ly/41CUW #eqnz

Suburb of Shirley has suffered extensive damage to roads, power and water.
Suburb of Brighton devastated.
Bexley “afloat” with liquefaction


(8.56pm Wednesday) The best way to help those in Christchurch is to donate money to the Red Cross, says Civil Defence Minister John Carter #eqnz
[cont] As money can be used immediately to buy what is needed, while donations [of food and items] & volunteers may use up resources which can be better utilised #eqnz

Donations may be made to:

Red Cross Donations: redcross.org.nz/donate
ASB Bank Account 12-3192-005998-02
LATEST You can donate here while our [RedCrossNZ] website is down http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/

Salvation Army Donations: salvationarmy.co.nz
Free Phone 0800 53 00 00
Westpac Account 03-0207-0617331-00

@BNZBank BNZ customers can now make an instant donation to our #eqnz appeal account through their internet banking. http://j.mp/hTypar

#EQNZ Txt donations details on @VodafoneNZ website http://goo.gl/jKGR – avoid scams and check validity before donating.

The Australian Government has donated $5 million to the relief effort #eqnz

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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