Daily Archives: March 4, 2011

Earthquake, Christchurch Updates #eqnz


Tuesday 15 March 2011
Updated information should be sourced directly from official phone numbers, websites and Twitter accounts listed below.


Sunday, 13 March 2011
The state of national emergency has been extended for a further seven days #eqnz (via @nzherald)

### http://www.beehive.govt.nz 7 March, 2011
State of national emergency extended
Civil Defence Minister John Carter has today extended the state of national emergency for a further seven days in the aftermath of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February. The state of national emergency in New Zealand was declared on 23 February and first extended on 1 March. It is expected to continue for several more weeks.
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### ODT Online Mon, 7 Mar 2011
National memorial to mark ‘terrible loss of life’
A national memorial service to mark the “terrible loss of life” in the Christchurch earthquake will be held on March 18, and Cantabrians will get the day off to attend. Prime Minister John Key this afternoon announced the service would be held at North Hagley Park in Christchurch at 12.45pm.
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Check the following links regularly for latest #eqnz notices:

Earthquake Government Helpline: 0800 779 997 #eqnz #chch
Civil Defence Deconstruction Team for advice: 027 819 9860 #eqnz

NZ Police List of Victims http://www.police.govt.nz/

@CEQgovtnz Civil Defence must clear all potential demolition sites BEFORE demolition begins. Phone CD Deconstruction Team – 027 819 9860. #eqnz #chch http://canterburyearthquake.govt.nz

Latest media briefings on earthquake recovery and related news at:

Sun, 13 March 2011 (3.46pm, via NewstalkZB) Power back on: Orion says power is on to all but a few pockets of customers outside Chch CBD but still off to ha… read more: http://bit.ly/fcEGW4

Sun, 13 March 2011 Civil Defence says 844 of 1666 heritage buildings inspected after the February 22 quake have red placards, but these are not a demolition order. 5000 additional chemical toilets have arrived in Christchurch from China. (8.03am, via TVNZNews) http://bit.ly/htPSYg

Fri, 11 March 2011 (8.54pm, via TVNZNews) Police add six more names to quake fatality list http://bit.ly/ewavLQ #TVNZNews

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 (8.17pm) @CEQgovt.nz The number of confirmed fatalities is 166 (at 1100hrs, 10 March) #chch #eqnz

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 (8.11pm) NZ Police confirm latest 12 names of deceased http://bit.ly/erf56h

Wed, 9 Mar 2011 (8.43pm) @CEQgovt.nz Commercial business owners who have any concerns should engage a Chartered Professional Structural Engineer. #eqnz

Wed, 9 Mar 2011 (8.23pm) @CEQgovt.nz Landslide and rockfall fact sheet for hill suburb residents http://cot.ag/eBTYZB #eqnz #chch

Wed, 9 Mar 2011 (4.27pm) @Police_NZ News: Police release eight more names of deceased – Location:  National… http://ow.ly/1bG7Zf

Tue, 8 Mar 2011 (9.46pm) @CEQgovtnz New Zealand Police have now identified 57 people who have died as a result of the earthquake, including foreign citizens #chch #eqnz

Mon, 7 Mar 2011 (via ODT) The death toll officially rose to 166 yesterday, with an expected final toll of 200, and police named 15 more of the dead, to bring the number of those named to 41. http://bit.ly/fC1dc2

Sat, 5 Mar 2011 (ODT) No bodies found in cathedral Searchers have found no bodies at Christchurch’s iconic cathedral, despite earlier reports that 22 people were thought to be buried in rubble.

Sat, 5 Mar 2011 Six recovery assistance centres would open this morning in the hardest hit areas of the city, offering a range of services and information – including agency support from Work and Income, Housing New Zealand, ChristchurchCity Council, Red Cross and Salvation Army – for people who need help.



Follow latest quakes via Twitter @geonet

Satellite images of Christchurch after the quake http://bit.ly/fO3XaJ

@tetoroa NZDF GIO Geospatial Intelligence Organisation: Christchurch Earthquake – Imagery and Geospatial Info nzdf.mil.nz/downloads/gio/default.html #eqnz

Before/After Google maps satellite images of the destruction in the Christchurch CBD http://bit.ly/hHf13O #eqnz

@dannews has compiled a montage of radio and television audio/footage as news of the quake became known http://bit.ly/hDEDv3 #eqnz

@NZStuff Photos: Before and after the Christchurch earthquake http://dlvr.it/HnMQH

Post quake satellite images @DavidClinchNews

New Google Earth/GeoEye Feb26 shows amazing details http://bit.ly/dJVneH

A view of #Christchurch & #Wellington from the International Space Station http://bit.ly/ieBUoy #NZ #NZtravel >> cool

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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Reaction to another instance of unthinking ad-hocism from City Hall

Pragmatist hat fully clipped on and tied, I’m saying Mayor Daaave Cull is an alarmist and should be whipped. Page one news (see ODT Online link below, if you dare) is not Daaave Cull at his intelligent best.

What? His council doesn’t know of other buildings in a similar condition to the Barron Building (it’s true there are none so strapped and nudged by its owners, engineers and insurers to collapse under a bulldozer ‘tomorrow’).

So. DCC doesn’t know about Prista Apartments Ltd (372-392 Princes St and 11 Stafford St)? Funny that, DCC issued a work order on 386 Princes St as a direct consequence of submissions made at recent Resource Consent hearings. Funny again, DCC doesn’t know it is the Respondent to an Appeal to the Environment Court by New Zealand Historic Places Trust, in regard to the Resource Consent granted to Prista Apartments Ltd. And funnier, DCC doesn’t know about the Dangerous Building, the old Education Board/AH Reed building on the corner of Crawford and Jetty Sts…. so that wasn’t DCC-initiated safety tape around it?
Oh. I see.

We know nothing! And we have council officers and managers that know nothing! We can’t possibly know anything!
(And this a university town. Shock horror. Alarmism.)

The elected arm of Dunedin City Council, at least, might be expected to know a little of something that doesn’t immediately POSE AN IGNORANT AND ALARMIST THREAT to the fabric of this city, much of which lies in private investment hands.

Daaave, your words inflame and polarise and give little ground for negotiation. You can’t ad-lib on behalf of something WE own and you don’t, and that’s Dunedin’s future.

So ruck off, eat a cupcake, get a sugar load. Because we are very rational and considered, it is WE who will deliver community solutions in sight of legislative change and compulsions.

Do not talk crap. Listen and learn, Daaave.
In other words, smarten the hell up.


The lessons from Christchurch will require re-examination of construction policies in every city and town in the country. In Dunedin, that must surely include existing building standards and compliance codes; whether the district plan should continue to allow construction on land likely to be subject to liquefaction and, if so, the degree of protection required; the provision, location and design of services; and, surely, the future of many of our heritage buildings. None are insurmountable challenges, but they are challenges and have to be faced.

### ODT Online Fri, 4 Mar 2011
Editorial: Re-examining our building codes
Based on seismic data and historical records, New Zealand experiences about 300 – on average – 4 to 4.9 magnitude earthquakes every year, and an average of two magnitude 6 to 6.9 a year. As we have so tragically discovered, earthquakes of these magnitudes can kill and will damage and destroy many man-made structures.
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The authors of What if? regretfully note the website template can’t and won’t drop the following news item down into very fine illegible print.

### ODT Online Fri, 4 Mar 2011
Cull: stark choice over quake plan
By David Loughrey
Dunedin faces a stark choice when it puts in place a policy this year to prepare the city for earthquakes – accept the fact many buildings may not fare well in a quake, or agree to widespread demolition of the city’s heritage architecture.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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