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Earthquake —Stuff tells you what to do #EQNZ

Stuff (Fairfax): Large quake rocks central New Zealand
Last updated 20:48 21/07/2013
A severe magnitude 6.5 earthquake has hit central New Zealand this evening, damaging buildings, cutting power, trapping people in lifts and injuring at least two people.
GeoNet said it was centred in the Cook Strait, 20 kilometres east of Seddon at a depth of 17 kilometres. It struck at 5.09pm.
The Pacific Tsunami Centre in Hawaii said the quake did not generate a tsunami, but a number of smaller quakes have struck since – the latest, a 4.4 magnitude 25km east of Seddon at 8.27pm, followed closely by a 5.1 magnitude near Hanmer Springs.
The 6.5 magnitude quake was likely linked to a fault in the Cook Strait capable of generating far more severe shaking, GNS Science said.
If there were a sequence of events, as in Canterbury, EQC would have up to $6.5bn in cover. A spokesman for EQC minister Gerry Brownlee said EQC had “ample to cover any future event.”
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(via Stuff)
What to do in an earthquake | Photos | Video: Powerful quake hits | What you need to know | Video: As the quake hit | Regional round up | Map: Recent quakes

Wellington Maritime Police senior launch master Barry Hart said a piece of previously reclaimed land along the industrial part of the waterfront had subsided into the sea, taking with it at least one shipping container. “The land has actually subsided at least a couple of metres… into the sea. One shipping container has gone into the water.”

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More quakes shake North Island
Civil Defence: What to do after an earthquake

What you need to know:
• Magnitude 6.5 quake struck around 5:09pm Sunday
• Centred 20km east of Seddon, 17km deep
• GeoNet lists quake’s intensity as “severe”
• 4 injured in series of aftershocks
• Mercure on Willis St evacuated, believed to be slumping
• Featherston, Wakefield, Bolton, Willis and Webb streets closed
• All KiwiRail services suspended
• Wellington workers advised not to travel to work until at least midday Monday
• Victoria Uni, Whitireia polytech both closed until at least Tuesday

ONE News
At least one injured as severe quake strikes
Wellington’s emergency offices have been activated and USAR is on standby after a powerful earthquake shook central NZ.

GeoNet QuakesMap 21.7.13GeoNet Quakes Map 21.7.13 (click on link for updates)

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As Wellington assesses itself and keeps people out of the CBD for safety reasons according to its Civil Defence Plan now in force following today’s significant earthquakes and tremors, readers have been hitting these links . . .

[older posts]
27.6.11 You keep asking: does Dunedin get earthquakes?
9.3.11 Dunedin earthquake proneness
4.9.10 Earthquake

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National Government puts champagne and stadium before shelter housing

A replacement stadium for the earthquake-damaged AMI Stadium in Phillipstown will be built on the old Turners & Growers site, on the edge of the CBD’s new eastern frame. It will be a covered stadium with natural turf and seating for 35,000 people. -The Press

Christchurch residents in the eastern suburbs are left to fend for themselves…

The first project to get underway is the river precinct along the Avon

### thepress.co.nz Last updated 18:03 30/07/2012
Bold plan for a new Christchurch
By Lois Cairns
Christchurch’s new city centre will be compact and low rise, with all key facilities and precincts corralled between the Avon River and a new green ‘frame’. The 100-day blueprint released by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) outlines a bold plan to significantly shrink the size of the CBD by designating two strips of land – one in the east of the city and one in the south – as open spaces. These spaces, along with the Avon River, which will be widened in stretches and developed into a riverside park, will serve to frame the new CBD, ensuring that all development is concentrated within a tight geographic area. Building heights in the city will be kept at a maximum of 28 metres, although exceptions may be made in some areas around the planned convention centre to accommodate hotel developments. The convention centre will occupy a prime site next to Victoria Square and will be big enough to allow the city to host three events simultaneously. It will stretch the entire block between Gloucester and Armagh streets and incorporate two new hotels.
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At The Press…
Excerpt from comment made by Nicholas Lynch #8 06:34 pm Jul 30 2012
“The whole thing is a racket,” Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby recently observed. “Once again the politicos will expand their empire. Once again crony capitalism will enrich a handful of wired business operators. And once again Joe and Jane Taxpayer will pay through the nose. How many times must we see this movie before we finally shut it off?”

At Otago Daily Times…
Wider Earthquake Communities’ Action Network (WeCan) spokesman Mike Coleman said today marked further evidence of a “corporate recovery” while residents in the eastern city suburbs were being “left to flounder”. “They open up the champagne bottles for the CBD but there’s mere drips of water for the plebs in the suburbs.” APNZ (ODT Link)

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Rebuilding Dunedin (no typo intended)

Lee Vandervis asks whether Christchurch should actually be rebuilt.

### ODT Online Fri, 6 Jan 2012
Opinion
Post-quakes rebuild should be in Dunedin
By Lee Vandervis
“When will it end?” contains the assumption that the earthquakes in Christchurch will end. We all hope the earthquakes have ended, of course, but recent geotechnical and historical evidence suggests otherwise. Earthquakes in other urban areas around the world have usually been one-off disasters. Christchurch is an unusually ongoing seismic disaster that has had unprecedented psychological effects on people living there. The seismicity map shows continuous events for more than a year, from Darfield through Christchurch to Lyttelton.

Dunedin sensitivity about being predatory on Christchurch seems to me like an excuse to sit on our hands and do nothing. Predation is the basis of business competition and is necessary for vitality in business and for viability in world markets. If we can do it better here than in Christchurch we should, and government – local and national – should be right behind us.

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• Lee Vandervis is a Dunedin city councillor.



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DCC quake support #eqnz

### ODT Online Fri, 20 May 2011
Quake support defended
By Chris Morris
Less than half of Dunedin’s $250,000 fund for earthquake relief work in Christchurch has been spent, but Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says the city has kept its pledge to support the Garden City. Mr Cull was satisfied with the council’s efforts and the amount spent so far, which largely represented the cost of council staff, vehicles and equipment dispatched to Christchurch following specific requests for help.

DCC quake support
• Councillors created $250,000 fund for Christchurch earthquake relief work on February 28.
• Figures show $99,849 spent so far.
• Spending covers cost of sending DCC staff, equipment and vehicles to Christchurch.
• 36 staff deployed in various roles; water and waste services ($49,272.54) and building control ($34,542.41) units the biggest contributors.
• Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker praises Dunedin’s efforts; Mayor Dave Cull says more spending could follow.

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Christchurch heritage buildings approved for demolition #eqnz

Canterbury Earthquake
Media advisory – Tuesday 15 March 2011, 1930 hours

Process for approving deconstruction
In the case of heritage buildings, a robust process is followed that involves an assessment by Heritage and by Lifelines (utilities) and an inspection carried out by a suitably qualified engineer.
Every endeavour is being made to contact all owners of buildings if demolition or deconstruction is necessary.
There will be no salvaging of materials in buildings unless it is by the building owner or those contracted to carry out salvage work.

Heritage buildings approved for deconstruction
* Provincial Hotel – 274 Cashel Street
* 112 Centaurus Road – Dwelling
* Cathedral Grammar – Chester Street West 8 (2), Stratham Building
* Austral Building – 603 – 615 Colombo Street (includes 170 Tuam Street)
* Bean Bags and Beyond – 626 (aka 626) Colombo Street
* 625 – 629 Colombo Street – Commercial buildings
* Wave House/Winnie Bagoes – 194 Gloucester Street
* Hereford Court – 116 Hereford
* Piko Whole Foods – 229 Kilmore Street
* Park Lane Handbags – 111 – 113 Lichfield Street
* Former Ridley Building – 116 Lichfield Street
* Nurse Maude – 192 Madras Street
* Charlie Backpacker – 268 Madras Street
* Former City Council Offices – 198 Manchester Street
* Forbes Building – 17 Norwich Quay 17, Lyttleton
* Rhodes Memorial Hospital – Overdale Drive 2
* Edison Hall, Workshop, Witchery – 230 – 232 Tuam St
* Domo – 236 Tuam St
* Fuller Brothers Ltd – 180 Tuam Street
* Addington Flour Mill – 14 Wise Street
* Gopals Restaurant and Pedros Restaurant – 143 Worcester Street

This totals 21 buildings, but note that Colombo Street’s Austral Building also includes 170 Tuam Street and there are multiple buildings included in the Colombo Street addresses
NB: This list differs slightly from the list provided at the media briefing today.

Deconstruction of Addington (aka Old Woods) Flour Mill, 14 Wise St
This deconstruction was triggered by USAR, who recommended the partial or total deconstruction of the building for rescue or recovery purposes or because it presents an unacceptable safety risk from aftershocks.
There are three separate buildings on site that were assessed:

* the mill building itself that has the greatest heritage value,
* a chimney, and
* a brick-clad silos assessed as having a lesser heritage value.

The silos and chimney were badly damaged. The mill building itself was assessed as repairable. The engineer’s report recommended the deconstruction of the silos and the chimney only.
This approved deconstruction sign-off process was followed in this case and the recommendation provided to the National Controller for approval/signature on March 3.

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Photograph of quake-damaged Addington mill building
By @Motmunter, Campbell Live cameraman

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Building design to integrate safety, usefulness and enjoyment #eqnz

Design matters in Christchurch. Those supervising the reconstruction of the city should remember that. And they should see it as a positive civic attribute – something to draw on as they put the city back together again.

### nzherald.co.nz 5:30 AM Tuesday Mar 15, 2011
Design integral part of rebuilding city
By Jasper van der Lingen
Christchurch faces a decade of rebuilding. There is an urgent need to get started, and great pressure to get started immediately. Decisions made soon will shape the city for generations. This is the time, right at the outset of reconstruction, to ensure that we establish a rebuilding process and framework that has the best possible chance of producing successful results.
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-Jasper van der Lingen is chairman, Canterbury Branch, New Zealand Institute of Architects

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The co-ordination needed to manage the various responsibilities of public agencies, and extent and timing of investment by the private sector is beyond the mandate or capacities of any existing institution.

### nzherald.co.nz 5:30 AM Tuesday Mar 15, 2011
New approach needed for reconstruction
By Jennifer Dixon
What is the future of Christchurch? After the devastation there have been some exciting visions and proposals offered up for the rebuilding of this city. These embrace new possibilities for urban form and function, the shape and scale of the central business district and what needs to happen to tracts of land in the eastern suburbs, now largely unsuitable for residential living.
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-Jennifer Dixon is a professor of planning and dean of the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, Auckland University.

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JAPAN Earthquake #eqjp

UPDATED Saturday, 12 March 2011

### See What if? related post and updating comments via this link

(Sat 9.02pm) @CEQgovtnz If u can’t contact family in North-East Japan contact Ministry of Foreign Affairs 0800 432 111 or from overseas +64 4 439 8000 #eqjp

(Sat 3.29pm) @nzherald Families concerned about NZers in Japan should contact MFAT on 0800 432 111 or 64 4 439 8000 #eqnz #tsunami

CIVIL DEFENCE
@NZcivildefence Only messages issued by MCDEM represent the official warning status for New Zealand. #eqnz #tsunami

Official Civil Defence Website http://bit.ly/d94pAr #chch #eqnz

(Sat 5.54pm) @NZcivildefence #eqjp Cancellation of National Warning – Tsunami: Marine & Minor Land Threat to NZ update 19: 1730, 12 March, 2011… http://dlvr.it/JzgBr

(Sat 4.28pm) @NZcivildefence #eqjp Tsunami marine and minor land threat warning in effect for NZ update 18: 1613, 12 March, 2011 A tsunami marine… http://dlvr.it/JzSbp #eqnz #tsunami

(Fri 10.05pm) @NZcivildefence A tsunami marine warning is in effect for New Zealand. A Marine Threat means strong and unusual currents are possible in the sea, rivers and estuaries. No land threat is expected at this time. #eqnz #tsunami

(Fri 10.40pm) @NZcivildefence We will copy our website updates to Google Docs while problems with www.civildefence.govt.nz continue. #eqnz #tsunami

@CEQgovtnz Please ensure you’re following @NZcivildefence for updates on the NZ situation #eqjp #japan #earthquake

Official Civil Defence Website http://bit.ly/d94pAr #chch #eqnz

(Sat 5.56pm) @CEQgovtnz No further tsunami threat exists for New Zealand coastlines #eqjp #tsunami National warning is now CANCELLED

@CEQgovtnz People in coastal areas should:
1. Stay off beaches #chch #eqnz
2. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) #chch #eqnz
3. Do not go sightseeing #chch #eqnz
4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends #chch #eqnz
5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates #chch #eqnz
6. Follow instructions of your local Civil Defence authorities #chch #eqnz

Fri 11 Mar 2011
@CEQgovtnz An earthquake of magnitude 8.9 has occured in Japan. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a Tsunami Watch #chch #eqnz

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(Fri 11 Mar, via @Reuters) FLASH: Tsunami of 10 metres hits port in Sendai, northern Japan; power outage hits 4 million homes in Tokyo, surrounding area – Kyodo

(Fri 10.49pm) @DnCityCouncil Tsunami caused by earthquake in Japan is not expected to cause damage to Dunedin. Be cautious at shorelines.
More at http://bit.ly/dKJD6G #eqnz #tsunami

(Fri 10.16pm) @NZcivildefence The first wave to arrive to New Zealand will be in the areas around North Cape at approximately 0623 12 March 2011. #eqnz #tsunami

(Fri 10.13pm) @NZcivildefence MCDEM and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation to determine the severity of the threat to NZ #eqnz #tsunami

(Fri 9.44pm) @Reuters reports the earthquake was the biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years. #eqnz #tsunami

(Fri 9.43pm) @CEQgovtnz A Civil Defence advisory panel has been convened to assess the threat of the Japan tsunami to NZ #eqnz #tsunami

### 3news.co.nz Sat, 12 Mar 2011 9:03a.m.
Japan buildings designed to withstand strong quakes
By Tom Parmenter
As everything shook in Japan people said the buildings around them moved like jelly. In many cases that’s exactly what they are supposed to do. Modern structures in Japan are designed to move with the earth rather than against it. In giant warehouses different techniques are tested.
Read more + Video

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NZHPT response #eqnz

Discussions on what steps need to be taken to retain heritage landmarks will become clearer once public safety is assured and emergency services have declared the sites safe.

NZHPT offers support in any capacity
NZHPT Information release
24 February 2011

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) will work with Civil Defence, emergency services, the Christchurch City Council and government agencies in any capacity required following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on Tuesday.

“Public safety is the absolute priority,” said NZHPT Chief Executive Bruce Chapman. The greatest tragedy has been the significant loss of life and injuries to many people. With a state of emergency declared we will respond to any request for assistance.”

The scale and extent of multiple building collapses particularly in the city centre was considerable, Mr Chapman said. The NZHPT-managed Timeball Station in Lyttelton had also suffered serious damage.

“Once public safety is assured and emergency services have declared the sites safe NZHPT staff will work with owners and other agencies to assess future options.”

Staff from Wellington and Dunedin are assisting NZHPT’s Christchurch-based staff. NZHPT Link

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Full heritage assessment some time off
NZHPT Information release
25 February 2011

Discussions on what steps need to be taken to retain heritage landmarks will become clearer once public safety is assured and emergency services have declared the sites safe, says the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT).

NZHPT Chief Executive Bruce Chapman is in Christchurch to support the organisation’s staff and to begin assessment of the damage to Christchurch’s heritage buildings. Once the all-clear had been given to access the central city a more detailed assessment will be able to be made in consultation with the council, structural engineers, owners and government agencies.

“Clearly damage to landmark buildings such as the Provincial Chambers, The Press building, the Arts Centre, the Basilica, and the Anglican church in Cathedral Square are significant. The NZHPT-managed Timeball Station has also suffered serious damage.

“These buildings are much-loved, iconic landmarks that helped to tell Christchurch’s story and have made the city the special place that it is and what locals and visitors readily identify with.

“There is no easy answer to whether Christchurch can rebuild its damaged historic buildings. Once the full extent of damage is known then discussions can begin on how Christchurch can rebuild, what buildings it can retain and the costs involved.

“But that’s a conversation that no one is having right now. Like everyone else our thoughts are firmly on the safety of people in the city, and with the remaining rescue and recovery work.”

Mr Chapman said there were a huge number of buildings needing to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but the people of Christchurch and the rest of the country were already commenting on the enormous sense of loss felt for the city’s character.

“This seems likely to be a discussion that many people will want to take part in.” NZHPT Link

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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 01/03/2011
Lives before Christchurch earthquake damaged historic buildings
By Kate Chapman
Historic Places Trust chief executive Bruce Chapman agreed many older buildings may be too dangerous to save. Others were repairable. Engineers were beginning to assess central city buildings from the outside. “The indications at this point are that many of those iconic buildings are indeed repairable, including the cathedral, which is good news but that’s going to take some time and there may actually be some deconstruction required first.”

There was a risk of a rush to demolish old buildings, particularly in residential areas, Mr Chapman said. The Christchurch Heritage Buildings Fund was available to building owners who needed financial assistance to restore their property. “There are some tough calls to be made there and we wouldn’t want to put buildings before people, that’s for sure.”

The current earthquake code applied retrospectively to all buildings, and the heritage buildings with strengthening fared better than some modern buildings, Mr Chapman said. “Where it’s practicable we would really like to see those buildings carry on, particularly the iconic buildings … that history, now, is going to be associated with survival.” But there was also an opportunity to create new history, such as was done with the art deco buildings in Napier after the 1931 quake. Full story

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Historic Timeball Station to be dismantled
NZHPT Information release
4 March 2011

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) confirmed today that the Timeball Station in Lyttelton is to be dismantled. One of 48 properties nationwide cared for by the NZHPT, Timeball Station is a Category I historic place and internationally significant because of its maritime history.

“It is with enormous regret that we must take this step, but public safety is paramount. People around the world have seen images of the extensive damage caused by the quake on 22 February, which has compounded damage sustained in the earthquake on 4 September last year,” said Chief Executive, Bruce Chapman.

“Our decision is based on specialist engineering information and guidance, as any decision about heritage buildings damaged in the quake should be. “The Timeball Station is too damaged and too dangerous for us to consider anything other than dismantling, but this work will pose problems.

“This is an extremely difficult site. It was chosen as a building site over 135 years ago for the Timeball Station because of its elevated position, allowing ships to see it clearly from the harbour. That’s now working against us. The steep site means there’s no way to drive on and the potential to position a crane, below or above it is very limited. We are constrained not only by issues of access, but also by the risk of injury to any personnel who will need to be involved with this work. We are not prepared to put anyone’s life at risk. That said, if we can find a way to dismantle the Timeball Station that allows us to retain as much of the building’s materials as possible, we will do so. This site remains significant and we would hope that in future we can do justice to this important building.”

Plans for the dismantling process are under development and the NZHPT remains hopeful that the Timeball mechanism can be recovered.

“NZHPT is looking at all possible options for the reconstruction of the tower. But it may be some time for that decision to be made.”

Read the full Information release to learn more about the Timeball Station.

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### nzherald.co.nz 10:26 AM Monday Mar 7, 2011
NZPA and NZ Herald Staff
No desire to bulldoze Christchurch – Brownlee
New Zealand Historic Places Trust chief executive Bruce Chapman last week said much of Christchurch’s heritage could be saved. Restoring the city’s history had a role to play in its recovery from the February 22 earthquake, he said.

“In my view most of the most iconic buildings in Christchurch will survive. We think it’s important these buildings are in fact repaired. In future they’ll be important symbols.”

He supported strengthening surviving heritage buildings so they could resist future earthquakes. But he acknowledged there would be some iconic buildings that would have to come down.

“There is a lot of significant heritage – particularly churches – that may not be able to be saved. And that’s going to be a tragedy.” Full story

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Quake off northeastern Japan

UPDATED Saturday, 12 March 2011

Fri 11 Mar 2011
@CEQgovtnz An earthquake of magnitude 8.9 has occured in Japan.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has issued a Tsunami Watch #chch #eqnz

### 3news.co.nz Sat, 12 Mar 2011 9:03a.m.
Japan buildings designed to withstand strong quakes
By Tom Parmenter
As everything shook in Japan people said the buildings around them moved like jelly. In many cases that’s exactly what they are supposed to do. Modern structures in Japan are designed to move with the earth rather than against it. In giant warehouses different techniques are tested.
Read more + Video

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Wed 9 Mar 2011
Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes Japan. This event is superceded by a magnitude 8.9 quake on 11 March. See comments at this post, and this link.

### stuff.co.nz Last updated 4:27 09/03/2011
Large quake off Japan
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 hit off the coast of northeastern Japan on Wednesday, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.
A tsunami warning of up to 50 cm was issued for northeastern Japan, public broadcaster NHK reported. Buildings shook in Tokyo but no damage was immediately reported.
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(via NewstalkZB) This afternoon’s quake occurred 160km east of Honshu.

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Dunedin earthquake proneness

### ODT Online Wed, 9 Mar 2011
Dunedin residents ‘should not be complacent’
By Ellie Constantine
While the chance of a serious earthquake hitting Dunedin is one in 1000, the odds are better than winning Lotto and citizens “should not be complacent”, geologist Prof Richard Norris says. Should such a quake occur, parts of South Dunedin, Mosgiel and the Taieri would “inevitably” be engulfed in liquefaction, the hill suburbs would suffer landslips and rockfalls and many heritage buildings would be reduced to rubble.

Image by Paul Le Comte (via Twitpic). Source: ODT
Link to original tweet here

Christchurch’s “seismic hazard” was “about double” Dunedin’s, but should one occur, the impact would be similar, but of a different nature.
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My Christchurch Business Is OPEN

UPDATED 28 March 2011
New websites offer free business listings

www.mychristchurchbusinessisopen.co.nz

www.lovechristchurchmade.org.nz

We Love Christchurch Made. Love Christchurch is the emphasis of this campaign. We want to encourage consumers and organisations to support Christchurch businesses wherever possible, to help Christchurch get back up on its feet as quickly as possible. When you support a Christchurch product or service, you’re helping to rebuild Christchurch and therefore also helping the New Zealand economy. So come on New Zealand let us all get behind Christchurch whenever possible and help build a brighter future for us all.

www.supportchristchurchbusiness.com

Christchurch city in New Zealand has been devastated by a major earthquake.
Please support our city by buying from Christchurch businesses.
Over 50,000 people will not be able to even go into the Christchurch CBD for weeks, let alone work there. However, you can help make sure that these businesses and their staff survive.
Follow our Twitter updates @supportchchbiz

www.chchcreative.co.nz

Christchurch has a wealth of talented and hard-working freelance creatives.
Due to the earthquake, a number of freelancers have lost premises and equipment. Work flow is at a standstill for many.
This website is here to help. It provides a database of Christchurch-based creatives with the aim that companies from other cities may supply projects to help sustain our freelance community through this period of recovery.



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Letter from Christchurch 2 #eqnz

UPDATED

Today’s Press has more examples of high-handed action.

The Piko Whole-Foods Co-op store – an important social and architectural landmark – had its top storey removed before the owners knew what was going to happen. The heritage team at Christchurch City Council worked with the owners to try and stop the demolition but the top floor had already gone by the time they got there and its landmark value has been completely destroyed. The building had been earthquake strengthened within the past few years and though it did have some serious damage it is far from clear that it was beyond repair.

It had the misfortune to be sited on a major intersection of the one way system and we all know that free movement of cars must be put ahead of buildings. There was absolutely no question of people being in the building and thorough shoring up should have ensured public safety.

There is some sort of process for group 1 & 2 listed buildings, plus NZHPT registered buildings – a cursory sort of report by the heritage planners (they are so overwhelmed that the reports are completely perfunctory) – and a report from the NZHPT and/or council engineer, but the Civil Defence Controller has the final say.

I am not sure that NZHPT is fighting too hard anyway from what I can gather – because people have been killed (mainly in modern buildings) they seem to have taken the view that they can’t push hard for heritage.

If the owner can be identified (not always easy) they might be given 24 hours notice so have a chance to argue for a delay. If buildings are unlisted and simply make an important contribution to the character of a precinct, no process is required at all. Nothing at all can be done to try and avert demolition.

There seems to have been some agreement made between Civil Defence and the council staff involved with Civil Defence, that no cordons to protect the public from buildings needing repair will be put in place if they would encroach into a road – as long as they take that view not much will be saved.

As a result of tonight’s meeting a delegation of heritage advocates and business people are going to try and meet the Civil Defence Controller tomorrow to urge a slow down, but whether they will even be granted an appointment is far from certain.

We are meeting again on Friday to plan our next steps, especially if the appeal to the Controller fails to have any impact. The scary thing is the Government can just keep on extending the state of emergency.

{Letter received by What if? on Tuesday, 8 March 2011 11.24pm. Names removed to protect identities. -Eds}

(9.00am) What if? learned the group has been granted a meeting today with the Civil Defence Controller.

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Resource Management Act streamlining by National-led government

### beehive.govt.nz 8 March, 2011
Nick Smith | Environment

RMA changes support Christchurch recovery

The Government is streamlining the resource consent processes for land remediation works to enable homes to be rebuilt more quickly for Christchurch families hit by the 4 September and 22 February earthquakes, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.

“These are extraordinary circumstances that require extraordinary processes. There is no provision in any council’s plans for this sort of land remediation work. This is the worst liquefaction known anywhere in the world and poses huge challenges in the reconstruction of Christchurch as it cannot proceed until the land is made safe,” Dr Smith said.

“These new regulations enable resource consenting for this land remediation work to be fast-tracked. The normal process of public notification, hearings and appeals would delay the rebuilding of suburbs for months and potentially years. Instead, affected parties will have two weeks to provide written comments prior to councils making decisions. This minimum requirement for consultation can be extended if councils wish – although the Government’s priority is facilitating the rebuilding as quickly as possible.

“The sort of land remediation provided for includes stone piles and land compaction and vibration works that will stabilise liquefied land and provide greater protection from any future earthquakes. We are expecting the first applications for this work next week and therefore need to have the processes in place as soon as possible to ensure these consents can be advanced quickly and the work begun.”

These changes were approved today as Orders in Council under the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010.
http://bit.ly/faruGe

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(5.45pm) @10PARK So WHERE are the geotech report/process mentions, huh??? #NickSmith #RMAstreamlining #LandRemediation

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LostArtChch website to identify items at risk #eqnz

Cultural Property and Natural Disaster

Hamish Keith, worried about Christchurch art in the wake of the earthquake,
has set up a website to identify items which may be at risk.

LostArtChch website: http://lostartchch.org.nz/

After the Christchurch earthquake many artists studios, galleries and private homes with art collections were damaged or isolated. This site allows artists and owners to make a record of what is at risk and where it is. That record is secure to the owner or artist and will only be passed on to earthquake recovery authorities.

If you have works of art, antiques or other cultural valuables at risk in Christchurch you can record them here.

Expert says protection needed for at risk Chch artworks
Hamish Keith on Morning Report today (duration: 3′04″)
Audio Ogg vorbis MP3

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Large aftershock hits CHCH #eqnz

UPDATED 16 April 2011

### ODT Online Sat, 16 Apr 2011
Aftershock tilts Chch building
A building in central Christchurch is on a lean after a 5.3 magnitude aftershock. The Strategy building in Victoria Street tilted during the 5.49pm tremor tonight and several nearby roads had been closed to the public, Civil Defence said. The aftershock was centred within 5km of Lyttelton, 12km southeast of central Christchurch, at a depth of 11km, GNS reported. It was felt strongly in Christchurch.
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Sunday, 13 March 2011
The state of national emergency has been extended for a further seven days #eqnz (via @nzherald)

Monday, 7 March 2011
See Earthquake, Christchurch Updates #eqnz for more recent information and important links.

Quake: mag 4.8, 11 km deep, Sat, Mar 5 2011 7:34 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3474093g Within 5 km of Lyttelton

@ Monks Spur Road #eqnz

Another large aftershock has just hit Christchurch #eqnz nzh.tw/10710367

Quake: mag 3.1 6 km deep, Sat, Mar 5 2011 8:16 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3474107g 10 km north-east of Lyttelton

Quake: mag 3.8 12 km deep, Sat, Mar 5 2011 8:54 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3474118g 10 km north-east of Lyttelton

Quake: mag 2.9 4 km deep, Sat, Mar 5 2011 8:59 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3474120g Within 5 km of Lyttelton

Quake: mag 3.6 8 km deep, Sat, Mar 5 2011 10:45 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3474151g Within 5 km of Lyttelton

Quake: mag 3.1 9 km deep, Sat, Mar 5 2011 10:49 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3474152g 10 km north-west of Lyttelton

Quake: mag 3.7 10 km deep, Sat, Mar 5 2011 11:00 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3474155g 10 km north of Lyttelton

@NZcivildefence PLEASE don’t speculate abt damage after an #eqnz aftershock. Confirmed damage reports will be tweeted by @NZcivildefence and @CEQgovtnz

@NZcivildefence Heavy rain in #chch could cause slips or landslides on hillside areas. If any widening of cracks or land movement occurs please inform Civil Defence by calling 03 941 8999. #eqnz

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Tweets (identities removed):

huge aftershock has hit Christchurch – biggest since last tuesday big quake according to some locals

[guesses at a High 4 magnitude 7.34pm]

[report via Twitter saying the choppers are up]

#eqnz Oh, that was a big one. A really big one. A growling rumble that built and built until the whole house was shuddering and banging.

So, erm, “fuck that was bad but we’re ok” big or “fuck, it’s another destroyer” big? #eqnz

hmm somewhere between?

Fuck, that bad.

Wonder if the Grand Chancellor is still standing? Hope all the SAR guys are safe & ok. #eqnz

#eqnz Realized after I’d snatched the wee girl from her bed during that big aftershock… I was still holding a glass of vino. Disgraceful.

We felt that in Ashburton! #eqnz

Its absolutely pissing down. Anyone who’s house isn’t weathertight is having a really really crap night. #eqnz

#eqnz family’s nerves are shot , mine are now gone . looks like I will be gone from chch sooner than planned now. and never coming back

#eqnz another little one ? then ?

ChCh: Keep some of your old buildings, I’d be more worried about Gerry Brownlee collapsing on me in an earthquake #eqnz

#eqnz awwwwww a little baby after shock

Jeez more aftershocks! #eqnz

Just back from shooting story on nightlife in Chch. Another aftershock. #eqnz

#eqnz can we sleep yet ?

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@NZLotteries Wow. Thanks to the generosity of Lotto players, $8,248,300 has been raised for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal #eqnz

@NZLotteries Powerball was not won tonight, jackpots to $20 mill, 5 winners of Lotto First Div, in Chch (yay), Dunedin, Lower Hutt, Havelock North & Akld

@NewstalkZB Chch ticket wins Lotto prize worth $200,000 bit.ly/grs7cV #eqnz

@NZLotteries tkt sold at bishopdale unichem fyi

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Animal welfare #eqnz #chch

The following services are available. However, it was reported on TV3′s Nightline tonight that Christchurch animal welfare services are overwhelmed by the number of animals – many not microchipped – they have received for care. They are hoping to move some animals to alternative shelters and facilities in other centres.

Animal Control
For lost or found dogs please contact Animal Control on 021 240 8310 or visit 10 Metro Place – Open 8:00am to 6:00pm #eqnz

Microchipped animals
There is now a good microchip register in New Zealand.

Paw Justice
Text “HELP” to 4662 to donate $3 to Paw Justice towards pet food for Chch Animal Quake victims ♥

Pets on the Net
Pets on the Net http://www.petsonthenet.co.nz/ is working with the SPCA to save lives, this is a free community service. Earthquake: Petsonthenet is the nationwide database for lost and found pets, as phone service resumes please report and search for lost, found or deceased pets here. Phone reports will be accepted for those without internet access on 07 868 5581

SPCA animal emergencies
@RNZSPCA Canterbury SPCA animal emergencies 9am-4pm call 03 349 7057 ext 201 or 205; after hours call 03 366 3886 #eqnz

SPCA pet listings
Information about animal welfare and lost/found pets is available on the SPCA NZ website http://bit.ly/he8SKU #eqnz #chch

Trade Me pet listings
Go to the Trade Me home page for information on missing and found pets.

Vets Clinics
The majority of Christchurch vets clinics are now operating #chch
The veterinary clinic in Hornby is operating an After Hours service – the clinic has temporarily relocated to: Hornby Vet Centre, 7 Tower Street, Hornby
Phone 03 366 1052
Weekdays 7pm to 8am
Weekends are Saturday from 12pm thru to 8am on Monday

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What if? resumes Dunedin posts

All Christchurch Earthquake information – including Emergency Help numbers – features at #eqnz Days 1-8 further down the home page at this website.

* EQC 0800 DAMAGE 0800 326 243

* Government helpline 0800 779 997

* Healthline (24 Hours) 0800 611 116

* Christchurch City Council helpline 03 941 8999

Information updates in brief will continue here on a twice-daily basis, after noon and 6.00pm, posted to comments at #eqnz Day 8

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Update: Thursday 3 March, Day 10
Official Death Toll and Missing Persons

The confirmed death toll from the Christchurch earthquake has reached 161 and is expected to rise to 220 persons. Foreign Minister Murray McCully says up to 100 of those dead are from other countries. #eqnz

SEARCH at Christchurch has moved to RECOVERY OPERATION.
(3.00pm) National controller John Hamilton announced that operation in CBD is to transition to “recovering those who lost their lives”. Attention turning to controlled clearing of debris and demolition of buildings.

(3.16pm) Search will continue at the Cathedral, and at Forsyth Barr, CTV and PGC buildings. Recovery will continue using heavy machinery very carefully, including clearing sections of streets and turning to buildings that have suffered catastrophic collapse – these buildings were unable to be accessed up until now, they will be delayered down to the foundation layer. The Disaster Identification Victim (DIV) process will remain the same.

Victims list available at www.police.govt.nz

### ODT Online Wed, 2 Mar 2011
Editorial: A nation shaken to the core
Each day, the official death toll from the Christchurch earthquake climbs. Each day, there is news of further heartbreak and trauma. Each day, additional ramifications become apparent from the jolt that shook a city and its people and, as the reverberations spread, a nation to the core. Each day, the realisation of the enormity of the earthquake sinks in deeper. Christchurch has changed irrevocably, and so has New Zealand.
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### ODT Online Wed, 2 Mar 2011
Dunedin’s message sent loud and clear
By Ellie Constantine
It started with a prayer and ended with a song. Dunedin’s message of support to Christchurch was sent loud and clear yesterday as thousands gathered in the Octagon for two minutes’ silence at 12.51pm, one week on from the devastating earthquake.
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Earthquake, Christchurch #eqnz Day 8

The following information is partial and subject to change. Refer previous posts at this site for more information – #eqnz Days 1-7.

Twitter is open domain. You can google all Twitter addresses – for example, @NZcivildefence – to read tweets without being subscribed to Twitter.

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EARTHQUAKES AND AFTERSHOCKS TONIGHT
@geonet QUAKE: Mag 4.6, Tuesday, March 1 2011 at 10:42 pm (NZDT), 10 km west of Lyttelton. http://tinyurl.com/48w9aba #eqnz

(10.07pm) Wellington has been rattled by a small earthquake tonight. #eqnz

@geonet Quake: mag 4.5, Tue, Mar 1 2011 10:07 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3472164g 20 km north-west of Wellington

GeoNet reports the quake that struck WGTN was at a depth of 40km #eqnz

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National State of Emergency extended for a further 7 days http://dlvr.it/HvTsz #eqnz

A two-minute silence was held today Tuesday 1 March at 12.51pm, to remember those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake. #eqnz

(11.09am) @nzherald “I have a feeling it will open the taps for a lot of emotion.” – Bob Parker on this afternoon’s two minutes’ silence. #eqnz

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If there is a life-threatening risk call 111. The 111 system is operating and ready to respond. #eqnz #chch via @ChristchurchCC

Emergency Helpline 0800 77 9997 – only call this number if you need help.

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

@CEQgovtnz If you’ve been reported missing in #chch but you are safe, please report to officials. 0800 733 276 Int: +64 785 02199 #eqnz

REFER to Police website for list of victims.
http://www.police.govt.nz (warning: if site overloads – try again later)

@Police_NZ We ask international visitors to NZ to call friends and family at home. Let them know you are safe and well. #eqnz #chch

OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL AND MISSING PERSONS
(6.00pm) The confirmed death toll from the Christchurch earthquake remains at 155. 200 people are still missing and more than 50 people are unaccounted for. Hopes are fading for live rescues. #eqnz
Over 20 nationalities among the 155 victims, including 2 Britons. An elderly Australian woman has become the second Australian confirmed to have died in the Christchurch earthquake #eqnz

(5.34pm) Police Supt Dave Cliff: More victim names will be released tomorrow morning #eqnz

(10.53am) At least three bodies were recovered from PGC building overnight, say police #EQNZ

(10.47am) Families of the deceased have been notified this morning and Supt Cliff expects to release the names of another three names today #eqnz

(10.46am) Final death toll thought to be around 240, say police #eqnz

(10.44am) Supt Dave Cliff has reiterated once again that the process of identifying bodies is a complex, emotional, involved and lengthy one #eqnz

IMPORTANT NOTICES
(8.25pm) URGENT: stay away from all Christchurch beaches as seawater is currently contaminated with sewage. #eqnz #chch http://bit.ly/eburWD

BANKING
(10.59am) @BNZBank We’ve just updated the list of working BNZ ATMs, Papanui and Riccarton Mall now up again http://bit.ly/i0eDrJ #eqnz

(10.29am) @BNZBank Our Riccarton store at 81 Riccarton Rd is probably the most centrally located BNZ store open right now. Closes at 4:30pm today #eqnz

DISABILITY SERVICES
Help available for disabled in Christchurch http://bit.ly/h4Gihi #TVNZNews #eqnz

EX CHRISTCHURCH ACCOMMODATION
@quakeescape people can register on www.quakeescape.org.nz if they have temp accommodation available. nearly 5,000 so far.

(4.21pm) Red Cross staff waiting at Auckland Airport to support those coming off Chch flights. Saw another DVI team on its way down too. #eqnz

(4.19pm) @aklcouncil Accommodation for groups sought. Hotels, maraes, school camps for our friends from Chch. AKGEOClogistics@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

PHONES /TELCOS
(6.03pm) Telcos to offer credit to all residential customers in Christchurch after quake http://tinyurl.com/69fe3do

(5.03pm) Telecom will credit all Chch customers for national + international landline calls made in the week after the quake #eqnz

(4.47pm) 2degrees network restored in Christchurch http://bit.ly/etQneo

(4.27pm) ACC claims line operating additional hours. 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Call 0800 101 996. #chch #eqnz

(11.23am) @TelecomNZ Here’s a map of avail payphones, wifi and Telecom stores in Christchurch. http://cot.ag/ghdpTQ #eqnz ^NR

POWER SUPPLY
(5.48pm) Roger Sutton from Orion says energy conservation is very important #eqnz

(4.23pm) It’s hoped power will be restored to 86% of Christchurch by the end of today – 27,000 people are still without power. #eqnz

(11.41am) @ChristchurchCC Update from Orion on power network status: map http://bit.ly/frFAEV and position statement http://bit.ly/h1Fxlz #eqnz #chch

(10.27am) Power transformer to be installed in eastern Christchurch suburbs http://bit.ly/fIXrxY #TVNZNews

RATES
(4.15pm) Residents not required to pay their rates due 28 Feb. Rates can be paid at a future date. No penalties will apply. #chch #eqnz

ROADS
(4.07pm) Christchurch’s Main North Road is closed to northbound traffic as part of the carriageway has slumped #eqnz

SCHOOLS
All schools and earky childhood education services in Christchurch will remain closed until further notice.

SHOWERS – PUBLIC SHOWERS
(9.19pm)@ChristchurchCC Please note Pioneer Welfare Centre showers close at 8pm and open 9am. http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/welfare-centres/ #eqnz #chch

URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE (USAR) – CBD
There are now 900 personnel from 12 international contributors working shoulder to shoulder with our New Zealand rescue workers #eqnz

(6.47pm) Contractors have removed the top of the PGC building this afternoon, which will allow USAR teams to continue clearing floor by floor #eqnz

(6.47pm) Three diggers and around a dozen workers are pulling apart the layers of the CTV building in an attempt to recover those underneath #eqnz

(5.58pm) Russell Wood says the steel support structure at the Christchurch Cathedral is expected to be finished to be put in place tomorrow morning #eqnz

(5.40pm) USAR have requested dogs to help with search of Hotel Grand Chancellor #eqnz

(5.38pm) Russell Wood from NZ Fire Service says the stairwell in the Forsyth Barr building is not accessable so they’re using ropes and ladders #eqnz

(5.37pm) Russell Wood from NZ Fire Service says USAR is starting to search the Hotel Grand Chancellor #eqnz

(11.05am) There will be a controlled felling shortly at the top of the PGC building due to safety concerns around the stability of the structure #eqnz

(10.58am) Christchurch earthquake: Cordon around Hotel Grand Chancellor narrows http://dlvr.it/HtJdD

(10.50am) Concrete was being pumped into the bottom of the Hotel Grand Chancellor to stabilise the building. #eqnz

URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE (USAR) – OPERATION SUBURB
(5.44pm) Bob Parker says the aim is to have 95% of the silt off the streets, more than 200,000 tonnes to shift #eqnz

(5.17pm) Fed Farmers has an army of workers avail to help clear up/shift debris in #Chch ph 027 266 7926 if you need help.http://bit.ly/gY4S31 #eqnz

(11.44am) The majority of people evacuated from the hills above Sumner have returned to their homes. #eqnz

(10.50am) Quake: 100,000 homes damaged, 10,000 can’t be saved http://bit.ly/elQX4b

WATER SUPPLY
@CEQgovtnz Water is being chlorinated for public safety. However, the public are advised to continue to boil drinking water #eqnz #chch

@CEQgovtnz Full list of water stations http://tinyurl.com/6xwb4p6 #eqnz 3chch

@CEQgovtnz Water supply maybe intermittent as it is often turned off soon after being restored to repair leaks. #chch #eqnz

(10.39am) 66% of water is back on in Christchurch. 67 tankers in areas which don’t have water. Some weeks before 100% of areas have water #eqnz

OTHER NOTICES
(11.33pm, via NZStuff) Christchurch earthquake: Latest news http://dlvr.it/HwkJW

(9.47pm) University of Canterbury cancels April graduation ceremonies http://bit.ly/ejokrW #TVNZNews

(8.36pm, via NZStuff) $14 million raised for Christchurch earthquake relief http://dlvr.it/HvyLS

(8.pm) @ScoopWellington #Wellington: Christchurch has “changed the game” for Wellington’s quake risk, warns mayor: News release – Wellin… http://bit.ly/hwYeJM

(8.34pm, via NZStuff) Christchurch Embassy has been set up in the Dunedin Railway Station for anyone to come get the support they need http://bitURL.net/a8d3

TV3 is moving out of its building in the CBD.

Notice to families (via @ChchArtGallery): The Air Force Museum is open to the public from today onwards. @AirForce_Museum

(6.26pm) Lions Club volunteers will be bolstering the Red Cross effort in Christchurch tomorrow Thanks Lions Club! http://bit.ly/eBfgEW #eqnz

(5.54pm) Jeremy the #eqnz sign language interpreter now has his own Facebook fan page, says Mayor Bob Parker

(5.43pm) Information pamphlets in a number of languages are being prepared #eqnz

(5.15pm) Prelim hearing of Royal Commission on #pikeriver has been deferred until 5 April because of Chch quake #eqnz

(5.05pm) 788 individual employees have applied for Job Loss Cover. Over 1,500 sole traders have also asked for help.

(5.05pm) 1,718 employers, covering over 8,000 staff, have applied for the Earthquake Support Subsidy. #eqnz

(5.04pm) More than 10,000 people have applied to the Government for its earthquake support package #eqnz

(11.19am) @ChristchurchCC Public information update. http://bit.ly/eR4kEQ #chch #eqnz

(10.45am) @NZRedCross Wow! We’ve just hit $10.3m for the people of Christchurch! Thank you to every person, family and business for your incredible support #eqnz

(10.42am) There was no earthquake-related crime over night, described as “fantastic” result by police #eqnz

(10.15am, via NZStuff) Christchurch earthquake: Exodus gains pace http://dlvr.it/HtB9D

TIME CAPSULES DISCOVERY, THE SQUARE
A third time capsule has been found – this one inside the cross that fell off Christchurch Cathedral http://bit.ly/fLOVEp #eqnz

(10.58am, via NZStuff) Christchurch earthquake: ‘Remarkable’ find in ruins http://dlvr.it/HtJdH

(10.50am) Info on time capsules is online now http://bit.ly/fo3vtk

(10.34am) Time capsules, one with a hand written letter found under John Robert Godley statue in Cathedral Square, says Mayor Bob Parker #eqnz

We’ve opened a “door into our past that may be a portal into our future” – Bob Parker.

JR Godley, founder of the city. The time capsules (2) are thought to contain documents around the intentions and vision of the founding of the city #eqnz

The statue http://bit.ly/ffeuRZ broken in the earthquake: http://bit.ly/gILLV4

@NLNZ Papers Past, the story of Godley statue’s message in a bottle http://is.gd/Y0mxJf

And the full page spread from The Colonist 1918 http://bit.ly/hL61Lh

QUAKE MAP
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/week

Follow latest quakes via Twitter @geonet
http://www.geonet.org.nz/

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

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Earthquake, Christchurch #eqnz Day 7

The following information is partial and subject to change. Refer previous posts at this site for more information – #eqnz Days 1-6.

Twitter is open domain. You can google all Twitter addresses – for example, @NZcivildefence – to read tweets without being subscribed to Twitter.

ONE News (TVNZ) and 3News (TV3) will be on-air this afternoon from 4pm #eqnz

TVNZ to launch service for vision impaired and blind audiences (link) #eqnz

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If there is a life-threatening risk call 111. The 111 system is operating and ready to respond. #eqnz #chch via @ChristchurchCC

Emergency Helpline 0800 77 9997 – only call this number if you need help.

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

@CEQgovtnz If you’ve been reported missing in #chch but you are safe, please report to officials: 0800 733 276 Int: +64 785 02199 #eqnz

REFER to Police website for list of victims:
http://www.police.govt.nz (warning: if site overloads – try again later)

@Police_NZ We ask international visitors to NZ to call friends and family at home. Let them know you are safe and well #eqnz #chch

Prime Minister John Key has asked for 2 minute silence to be held on Tuesday 1 March at 12.51pm to remember those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake. #eqnz

OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL AND MISSING PERSONS
(6.00pm) The confirmed death toll from the Christchurch earthquake remains at 148. 200 people are still missing and more than 50 people are unaccounted for. Hopes are fading for live rescues. #eqnz
Over 20 nationalities among the victims. 2 Britons among the 148 dead.

(6.10pm) US Embassy says all but 36 of around 2,000 US citizens believed to be in Christchurch at the time of the quake have been accounted for #eqnz

(1.19pm, via The Press) Sad farewells for earthquake victims begin: The grim task of burying the earthquake’s dead has begun today with … http://bit.ly/f1MJgC

(12.42am, via NZHerald) The Chief Coroner on the care being taken in identifying quake victims nzh.tw/10709284 #eqnz

(11.37am, via NewstalkZB) Identification continues – Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean says in almost all cases, visual identification is not possible. #eqnz

(10.30am) Latest two victims to be named: Natasha Hadfield, 38, of Kaiapoi, and Owen Wright, 40, of Lyttelton. #eqnz

GLOBAL APPEAL
NZ Govt Christchurch Earthquake Appeal http://bit.ly/gZCbZT Credit Card & your good will is all that is required #EQNZ

The Australian, British and Irish Red Cross organisations have each launched national appeals for the people of Christchurch #eqnz

(5.17pm) The PM says the bill for #Chch quake is 7-8% of GDP. In contrast, Hurricane Katrina’s had 1% impact on the US economy #eqnz

(5.13pm) @johnkeypm will spend three hours tomorrow talking to international media to drum up interest in world wide earthquake appeal #eqnz

(12.50pm) @NZRedCross Thank you everybody! We’ve so far raised $6.6m for the people of Christchurch. www.redcross.org.nz/donate http://fb.me/IiyKb74w

IMPORTANT NOTICES
FIRST priority is that people stay healthy.

(8.04pm) St John Caring Caller telephone friendship service is on standby. For support contact 0800 ST JOHN 0800 785 646 #eqnz #chch

(7.19pm) @msdgovtnz #eqnz #chch Earthquake support package available immediately http://ow.ly/1bxphV

(6.52pm) Via website: PM releases initial earthquake assistance package http://bit.ly/enSMeE

(6.00pm) Those who left Christchurch city will be eligible for assistance package. #eqnz

(6.00pm, via ODT) Support package for quake-hit businesses, workers The Government has announced a six-week assistance package for Christchurch businesses and workers hard hit by last week’s earthquake. http://bit.ly/dOV5XC

(3.09pm) Gale force winds that were forecast for Christchurch from tomorrow are now unlikely to affect the city #eqnz

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Everything you need to know for Christchurch is at: http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/#eqnz #chch #nz

Sources of Official Information:
@CEQgovtnz @ChristchurchCC @ECan

@CEQgovtnz Wellington New Zealand. This Twitter account links to central and local government agencies and others supporting the response to the Canterbury earthquake. The account is active with tweeting tips & latest news supporting @NZcivildefence #eqnz http://canterburyearthquake.govt.nz

@NZcivildefence Quake Update 54: Can I get personal possessions out of a cordoned area?… http://tinyurl.com/4k9axqv Process to retrieve personal belongings from cordoned area will be put in place in due course. Public will be advisd when this will occur. #eqnz

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Map @ChristchurchCC We now have a map online detailing service locations & availability: http://bit.ly/eOzMBM #eqnz #chch

Map @ChristchurchCC Essential #eqnz #chch – This very useful map includes PORTALOOS, water distrib centres, supermarkets, road closures http://eqviewer.co.nz/

@ChristchurchCC We have a Facebook page – spread the word to friends and whanau http://on.fb.me/dSJDQq Another way to spread #eqnz #chch info

@ChristchurchCC Our FAQ page is regularly updated with #eqnz #chch questions & answers http://ow.ly/445c0 includes an A to Z to other subjects

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WATER
@ChristchurchCC Updated list of water supply locations http://bit.ly/eraFmi #eqnz #chch Drinking Water must be boiled first or add 5 drops of bleach (per 5 litres) and leave for 30 minutes.

UPDATED ROAD CLOSURES
(1.13pm) @ChristchurchCC The road closures page, updated now http://ow.ly/44pzV #eqnz #chch

(9.54pm) @ChristchurchCC Sumner roads open – All road blocks in the Sumner area have been removed except the main road, which will be open shortly http://ow.ly/44yWl

(5.44pm) Dave Cliff says no roads have been opened since the 1pm media briefing. Lyttelton tunnel still only open to emergency services and Lyttelton residents (who will need to provide ID) #eqnz

(2.07pm) Ferrymead bridge’s open 4 small vehicles < 1000kg. Main Rd's closed from Moa Cave onwards. Use Beachville Rd 4 access 2 Redcliffs & Sumner.

@Police_NZ Please ask drivers in #chch to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Congestion on streets is slowing emergency response time and supplies.

PHONES
(6.24pm) 500 telephones for Christchurch residents who have no power and need a home phone are available from @TelecomNZ at 70 Moorehouse Ave #eqnz

(11.06am) @TelecomNZ Customers calling Faults / 120 – call volumes are currently high, related to Chch earthquake, and we beg your patience

(10.49am) @TelstraClearNZ Christchurch residential customers FREE national & international calling from landline, so you can keep in touch with friends & family.

PETROL STATIONS
(10.50pm) Most petrol stations are operational, except for the following:
BP stations closed: Redcliff and New Brighton.
Mobil staions closed: Woolston and Lyttelton.

SUPERMARKETS
(10.50pm) Most supermarkets are operational, except for the following:
Closed: Pak’N Save in Wainoni.
Closed: Countdowns in Colombo St, Eastgate, Ferrymead, New Brighton and The Palms.
Closed: Four Square in Lyttelton.
Closed: Supervalue in Woolston and Stanmore Rd.

If you are short on food, ask your neighbours for help or phone the GOVERNMENT HELPLINE 0800 77 9997

@CEQgovtnz Find out what supermarkets are open in christchurch today http://dlvr.it/HnMQd

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Showers now available for the public at Pioneer Stadium.
http://goo.gl/fb/E8RQE #eqnz

@ChristchurchCC Christchurch City Council is reminding residents a total fire ban is in place across the city, including Banks Peninsula #eqnz

@CEQgovtnz All CCC Service Centres are currently closed. Residents are not required to pay their rates as usual … http://ow.ly/44oWg #eqnz #chch

@CEQgovtnz After hours line available from 5pm to 8am for urgent servicing of portable toilets. Call SUPERLOO 0800 500 205 #eqnz #chch

All suburban door knocking teams carry official identification. Ask to see it. #eqnz #chch

@CEQgovtnz Make sure smoke alarms work. If not working or u don’t have 1, contact ur local fire station #eqnz #chch http://bit.ly/hPSCVE

@CEQgovtnz If your power is off, unplug sensitive appliances at the wall & make sure the stove is off http://bit.ly/g7qoae #eqnz

(7.34pm) @ChristchurchCC To clear up confusion about rubbish bins: only put out red and green bins on normal days. No yellow bins. #eqnz #chch

OTHER NOTICES
(1.13am Tues) @StJohnNZ doorknocking is on in Chch to check on needs of elderly & vulnerable … if urgent medical care is needed, ambulance called via 111. #eqnz

(9.01pm) More than 230 Christchurch supermarket workers lose jobs http://bit.ly/egvDVC #TVNZNews

(8.52pm, via NZStuff) Christchurch earthquake – latest news http://dlvr.it/Hpqnw

(6.46pm) Ministry Of Justice Media Update: Court buildings in Christchurch remain closed until … http://nzne.ws/7MmD #eqnz

(6.10pm) Around 1,000 media accredited in Christchurch for quake coverage #eqnz

(6.02pm) The Navy’s multi-role vessel, HMNZS Canterbury, is arriving in Lyttelton Harbour about now fully laden with vehicles and supplies #eqnz

(6.01pm) St John is worried about dust and the dire conditions of the roads are affecting their ambulances #eqnz

(6.00pm) Education Minister Anne Tolley confirmed quake damaged Christchurch schools will keep their funding #eqnz

(5.49pm) CTV building rescue operation will now only operate during daylight hours #eqnz

(5.48pm) 80% of buildings within the four avenues have been searched. 30% require heavy machinery to enter #eqnz

(5.22pm) 200 LandSAR volunteers have officially joined the relief operation #eqnz

(5.13pm)Christchurch’s Westfield Riccarton has been cleared by earthquake engineers #eqnz

(5.13pm) More than 12,700 houses have so far been assessed following the earthquake. #eqnz

(3.13pm) Approximately 200 households have now been evacuated in the Redcliffs – Clifton area near Sumner, say police #eqnz

(2.01pm) Demolition experts from Germany are set to assist in Christchurch. #eqnz

(1.26pm) Dave MacGregor from the New Brighton Welfare Centre says there are literally thousands of people who need water, bread and milk #eqnz

(12.25pm, via NZHerald) Up to 15,000 students could be affected by damage to Christchurch schools. Latest updates: nzh.tw/10709236 #eqnz

(12.17PM, via The Press) Sumner residents evacuated Residents of Clifton Hill, overlooking the beachside suburb of Sumner, have been ord… http://bit.ly/eWrR07

(11.46am) Quake residents face dust storm threat: Christchurch residents have been warned to take care today with strong w… http://bit.ly/fDTpaG

(11.44am, via NewstalkZB) The Army is set to use night-vision goggles while patrolling the streets to reduce the incidence of looting #eqnz

(11.18am) @TheNBR NZ dollar touches decade-low against Aussie http://tinyurl.com/46upay8

(11.16am) @CEQgovtnz Planning underway for the resumption of public transport services in Chch. No date is set yet. #eqnz #chch http://bit.ly/eg26TH

(10.52am) Fire Service’s Russell Wood “Work goes on unabated still with the hopes of finding signs of life in some of those collapsed buildings.” #eqnz

(10.51am) If you can help or need help, register your information for the Student Volunteer Army at sva.org.nz or phone (03) 974 8414

(10.49am) Mayor Bob Parker said 55,000 properties don’t have water, but 85% of city now has power #eqnz

(10.44am) PGC building still moving in aftershocks. Teams trying to remove the tower to help stabilise it #eqnz

(10.42am) Russell Wood from the NZ Fire Service says a process is underway to stabilise the Hotel Grand Chancellor #eqnz

PET WELFARE / SPCA / ANIMAL CONTROL
@CEQgovtnz Information about animal welfare and lost/found pets is available on the SPCA NZ website http://bit.ly/he8SKU #eqnz #chch

@RNZSPCA Canterbury SPCA animal emergencies 9am-4pm call 03 349 7057 ext 201 or 205; after hours call 03 366 3886 #eqnz

For lost or found dogs please contact Animal Control on 021 240 8310 or visit 10 Metro Place – Open 8:00am to 6:00pm #eqnz

40 vets clinics now operating #chch (only about 5-6 clinics are down). The clinic in Hornby is operating an After Hours service.

Go to the Trade Me home page for information on missing and found pets.

Pets on the Net http://www.petsonthenet.co.nz/ Pets on the Net is working with the SPCA to save lives, this is a free community service. Earthquake: Petsonthenet is the nationwide database for lost and found pets, as phone service resumes please report and search for lost, found or deceased pets here. Phone reports will be accepted for those without internet access on 07 868 5581

There is now a good microchip register in New Zealand.

Text “HELP” to 4662 to donate $3 to Paw Justice towards pet food for Chch Animal Quake victims ♥

(12.33pm) @TVNZNews SPCA tries to match pets with owners after quake http://bit.ly/fRHS9g #TVNZNews

Aftershocks continue.
Quake: mag 4.3, Mon, Feb 28 2011 10:35 am (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3471449g 10 km east of Lyttelton

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QUAKE MAP
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/week

Follow latest quakes via Twitter @geonet
http://www.geonet.org.nz/

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

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Earthquake, Christchurch #eqnz Day 6

If there is a life-threatening risk call 111. The 111 system is operating and ready to respond. #eqnz #chch via @ChristchurchCC

For how to DONATE to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal – go to bottom of the page.

Prime Minister John Key has asked for 2 minute silence to be held on Tuesday 1 March at 12.51pm to remember those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake. #eqnz

IMPORTANT
@Police_NZ We ask international visitors to NZ to call friends and family at home. Let them know you are safe and well #eqnz #chch

(4.58) Lyttelton tunnel open to residents only, residents can get a permit from Lyttelton Community Centre or Lyttelton Police Station #chch #eqnz

(2.58 pm) @Police_NZ Please ask drivers in #chch to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Congestion on streets is slowing emergency response time and supplies.
Please stay off the streets #eqnz #chch

The following information is partial and subject to change. Refer previous posts at this site for more information – #eqnz Days 1-5.

Twitter is open domain. You can google all Twitter addresses – for example, @NZcivildefence – to read tweets without being subscribed to Twitter.
(12.27pm) Twitter.com and API access have stabilised. We continue to monitor the situation closely.

Emergency Helpline 0800 77 9997 – only call this number if you need help.

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

@CEQgovtnz If you’ve been reported missing in #chch but you are safe, please report to officials: 0800 733 276
Int: +64 785 02199 #eqnz

REFER to Police website for list of victims:
http://www.police.govt.nz (warning: if site overloads – try again later)

A police officer has been assigned to each of the families of those still missing. #eqnz

Faces of the missing: You can leave messages on the profiles of each of the missing. #eqnz http://ow.ly/43Flt

(2.59pm) Police: Many missing may be alive: There is still hope that not all the missing people in Christchurch are victi… http://bit.ly/hWHjZT

Everything you need to know for Christchurch is at http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/#eqnz #chch #nz

Sources of Official Information:
@CEQgovtnz @ChristchurchCC @ECan

@CEQgovtnz Wellington New Zealand. This Twitter account links to central and local government agencies and others supporting the response to the Canterbury earthquake. The account is active with tweeting tips & latest news supporting @NZcivildefence #eqnz http://canterburyearthquake.govt.nz

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Canterbury District Health Board Media Release – 27 February 2011 http://bit.ly/hUWgBy #EQNZ #CHCH #NZquake

(9.50pm) @ChristchurchCC Do not swim, fish, or gather shellfish from sea/beaches, esp Nth Beach to Brighton. Sea water contaminated. #eqnz #chch

(9.45pm) @ChristchurchCC Building owners still not permitted in CDB to check properties. Area and buildings still unsafe #eqnz #chch

(9.00pm) @ChristchurchCC Public information update. Wastewater on beaches, services, welfare, bldg inspections http://bit.ly/hTl4Sk #eqnz #chch

(4.51pm) @ChristchurchCC If you need emergency housing, or can offer housing, call 0800 HELP 00 (0800 435 700) #eqnz #chch

@CEQgovtnz Counselling and support is available to people affected by the quake. For help please call 0800 777 846 between 8am-11pm #eqnz

@minhealthnz Key public health messages for Christchurch residents http://tiny.cc/7larw

@NZcivildefence Quake Update 54: Can I get personal possessions out of a cordoned area?… http://tinyurl.com/4k9axqv
(7.27pm) Process to retrieve personal belongings from cordoned area will be put in place in due course. Public will be advisd when this will occur. #eqnz

Welfare centres open as as at Sunday 27 February – http://ow.ly/447Vz #eqnz #chch CC

Map @ChristchurchCC We now have a map online detailing service locations & availability: http://bit.ly/eOzMBM #eqnz #chch

Map @ChristchurchCC Essential #eqnz #chch – This very useful map includes PORTALOOS, water distrib centres, supermarkets, road closures http://eqviewer.co.nz/

@ChristchurchCC We have a Facebook page – spread the word to friends and whanau http://on.fb.me/dSJDQq Another way to spread #eqnz #chch info

@ChristchurchCC Our FAQ page is regularly updated with #eqnz #chch questions & answers http://ow.ly/445c0 includes an A to Z to other subjects

WATER @ChristchurchCC Updated list of water supply locations http://bit.ly/eraFmi #eqnz #chch Drinking Water must be boiled first or add 5 drops of bleach (per 5 litres) and leave for 30 minutes.

ROAD CLOSURES @ChristchurchCC Road closures as at 1pm Sun 27 Feb. List at http://bit.ly/eycj3i, interactive map at http://bit.ly/gUG2ip #eqnz #chch

OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL AND MISSING PERSONS
(6.00pm) The confirmed death toll from the Christchurch earthquake stands at 147. 200 people are still missing and more than 50 people are unaccounted for. Hopes are fading for live rescues. No survivors were found last night #eqnz
Over 20 nationalities among the victims.
2 Britons among the 147 dead.

URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE (USAR)
Rescue operation continues today Sunday as any normal day.

(yesterday) Foreign search and rescue teams say the NZ rescue effort is the best organised they had ever seen. #eqnz

(5.34pm) Mayor Bob Parker says rescue teams have a high morale and are ‘not giving up hope’. #eqnz

(11.38am today) Police: Quake victims may never be identified http://dlvr.it/HhzKk

(9.11am) Second group of UK disaster specialists flying to ChCh. This from the @Guardian http://bit.ly/hCyvXU

CBD USAR
(10.30pm) @ChristchurchCC 755 buildings given Red placards (immediate evacuation, in danger of imminent collapse), 909 Yellow (limited access), 1276 Green (access cleared) within CBD #eqnz #chch

USAR teams inserting steel tubes into the ruined Cathedral & crawling in. http://bit.ly/gNG1zA via @CEQgovtnz

(6.40pm) Teams a quarter of the way through clearing buildings in CBD.
Safe havens for teams established inside and outside Christchurch Cathedral, in case of further aftershocks.
Fire Service spokesman Paul Baxter says specialists are deliberating over how to enter some buildings which are deemed unsafe.

(5.42pm) Still no access to the Grand Chancellor Hotel. #eqnz

(5.41pm) Paul Baxter (Fire Service) says ‘sites of high-potential survivability’ are being searched first.

(5.39pm) Fire Service says urban search and rescue teams are progressing while CTV and Pyne Gould building de-layering continues.

(1.44pm) Number of staff and students still inside CTV building is unconfirmed, but more than 60 – Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce

(10.55am) USAR have now begun search of buildings near the Grand Chancellor Hotel. Engineers still working on plan for GC hotel #eqnz

OPERATION SUBURB
(4.40pm) @StJohnNZ is seeing more people with stress-related issues at Chch welfare centres. StJ has put measures in place, working with other agencies. #eqnz

(4.34pm) @StJohnNZ has today scaled back evacuation of elderly and vulnerable out of Chch as demand dropped. We are on standby to ramp this up. #eqnz #chch

(2.32pm) Lyttelton rock falls cause concern: Rockfalls in Lyttelton are so dangerous that emergency services won’t try to… http://bit.ly/fvCPNF

(8.56am) Aftershocks trigger more evacuations http://bit.ly/hTrU6N #TVNZNews

6,500 homes checked off by search and rescue teams, out of a total of 50,000. The number of teams will be doubled on Monday.

55,000 homes still without water.
Water restored to 65% of buildings in Christchurch.
Water is being trucked into the areas without supply.

100,000 homes have no sewerage services.

POWER SUPPLY
(4.45pm) Please assist Orion Energy by conserving electricity. Turn off unnecessary appliances and keep lights to a minimum. #chch #eqnz

(2.33pm) Orion Energy aiming to get power on to 95% of households in next 7 days. Excludes households with damage preventing reconnection & off limit parts of CBD. #eqnz

(9.10am, via Orion Energy) Power restored to 82% of Christchurch homes.
37,000 homes without power, and many will remain so for weeks (see badly devastated eastern suburbs and pockets across city where there are significant faults).

(10.59am) Target is to get power to restored to 95 per cent of Chch by end of the week. People reminded to turn mains off first #eqnz

TURNING YOUR POWER ON – FIRE RISK
There have been five fires in past 24 hours, which have injured people. Related to power restoration. Were preventable #eqnz

COOKING GAS
(via Contact Energy) Contact Energy is refilling 9kg LPG bottles for free at these locations http://tinyurl.com/4zw6yep #chch #eqnz

COMMUNITY LAUNDRIES
(1.31pm) @ChristchurchCC Fisher & Paykel community laundries – free washing and drying at Hornby and Kaiapoi. http://www.fisherpaykel.co.nz/communitylaundry/

PHARMACIES
(5.49pm) Most pharmacies in Christchurch are open and able to fulfill emergency prescriptions and first aid equipment.

WELFARE CENTRES
Welfare centres open open as at Sunday 27 February – http://ow.ly/447Vz #eqnz #chch CC

(8.43pm) @StJohnNZ is in welfare centres in Chch: Burnside, 300 people, 20 patients; Windsor, 59 people, 16 treated; Rangiora 100; Pioneer 665, 60 treated. #eqnz

EMERGENCY ACCOMMODATION
(4.51pm) @ChristchurchCC If you need emergency housing, or can offer housing, call 0800 HELP 00 (0800 435 700) #eqnz #chch

EX CHRISTCHURCH ACCOMMODATION
(4.48pm) 16,000+ beds available nz-wide for #chch quake victims. http://www.quakeescape.org.nz #eqnz

PHONES AND TELECOS
(11.57am) Chch Telecom customers can divert their landline to another number free. Call 120 or 125 for bus. customers #eqnz.
(10.08am) @TelecomNZ Chch people should keep minimising mobile phone calls. Txt instead if possible to help emergency efforts #eqnz

BANKING SERVICES
(8.10pm) Full info on which BNZ stores will be open in the #Chch area tomorrow (subject to aftershocks) available here: http://bit.ly/i0eDrJ #eqnz

(2.25pm) BNZ ATM update: ATMs at Shell Kaiapoi and Parklands FreshChoice are currently out of action. #eqnz

BNZBank In ChCh – the lastest on our ATM network http://bit.ly/i0eDrJ demand is for cash is heavy but we are keeping up #eqnz

PET WELFARE / SPCA / ANIMAL CONTROL
@CEQgovtnz Information about animal welfare and lost/found pets is available on the SPCA NZ website http://bit.ly/he8SKU #eqnz #chch

@RNZSPCA Canterbury SPCA animal emergencies 9am-4pm call 03 349 7057 ext 201 or 205; after hours call 03 366 3886 #eqnz

For lost or found dogs please contact Animal Control on 021 240 8310 or visit 10 Metro Place – Open 8:00am to 6:00pm #eqnz

40 vets clinics now operating #chch (only about 5-6 clinics are down). The clinic in Hornby is operating an After Hours service.

Go to the Trade Me home page for information on missing and found pets.

Pets on the Net http://www.petsonthenet.co.nz/ Pets on the Net is working with the SPCA to save lives, this is a free community service. Earthquake: Petsonthenet is the nationwide database for lost and found pets, as phone service resumes please report and search for lost, found or deceased pets here.
Phone reports will be accepted for those without internet access on 07 868 5581

There is now a good microchip register in New Zealand.

Text “HELP” to 4662 to donate $3 to Paw Justice towards pet food for Chch Animal Quake victims ♥

OTHER NOTICES
The Government will announce an economic package on Monday nzh.tw/10708856 #eqnz

Student Volunteer Army
@ucvolunteerarmy REQUEST: WE STILL DESPERATELY NEED WHEELBARROWS!!! We are struggling to work to our potential because of a lack of… http://fb.me/V9cPZHCS
University of Canterbury Volunteer Army

@ucvoluntaryarmy WE STILL NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS!!! If you are able to give a day of your time please come to the UCSA car park RIGHT… http://fb.me/U4naaNJn

(12.21pm) @tinopai: Wow, Dunedinites donated 17,000 lunches to the UC Volunteer Army. Choice.

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(8.17pm) @ChristchurchCC Sewage leaks diverted from streets to North/Waimairi/Parklands beaches via stormwater pipes. Avoid these beaches #eqnz

(8.10pm) @ChristchurchCC Stay away from rivers, estuary, and beaches. Sewage is overflowing into Avon & Heathcote and out to sea. #eqnz #chch

(7.14pm) Ministry of Health – do not eat garden produce if the soil has been affected by liquefaction http://bit.ly/hcTkbe #chch #eqnz

(7.06pm) Earthquake levies may triple: It’s likely Earthquake Commission levies for all New Zealanders will rise. http://bit.ly/hVpNSh

(5.38pm) Christchurch schools stay closed as extent of damage revealed http://bit.ly/fZt0uQ #TVNZNews

(5.32pm) Christchurch Cathedral has been blessed to lift any tapu where victims of the quake still lie #eqnz

(5.05pm) Thousands quit Christchurch: Thousands of the 350,000 inhabitants of Christchurch have left in droves http://bit.ly/fFeH53 (NewstalkZB)

(4.34pm) @StJohnNZ has today scaled back evacuation of elderly and vulnerable out of Chch as demand dropped. We are on standby to ramp this up. #eqnz #chch

(4.23pm) PM John Key has announced a global appeal for Christchurch. Donate at http://www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz #eqnz

(4.10pm) Housing New Zealand has suspended rent for 3 weeks for 2500 affected tenants http://bit.ly/ePWvHd #chch #eqnz

(3.48pm) Earthquake minister points to massive demolition: Once the search for victims of the Christchurch earthquake i… http://bit.ly/gxg05t (via @NZPlanning)

(2.23pm) Former PM Helen Clark has visited Christchurch CBD and has said it’s as bad as #Haiti. She is travelling as private citizen #eqnz

(1.31pm) Christchurch teachers are being asked to stay away from schools for their own safety: nzh.tw/10709110 #eqnz

(1.29pm) @TelecomNZ Lost a pet during the earthquake, register on: http://www.petsonthenet.co.nz/

(10.51am) Australian police have ‘full power’ of constables, have been sworn in. Aus police have been making arrests #eqnz

(10.48am) Police wearing huia feather today to signify dead colleague in earthquake, says Police commander. #eqnz #chch

(10.32am) @StJohnNZ is rotating ambulance officers from other parts of the country to support and keep appropriate staff levels up in Christchurch

(10.15am) Extra funeral directors flown in to Christchurch as the number of people killed by the earthquake rises. http://bit.ly/i6f9hp #eqnz #chch

Hoax calls wasting valuable time – St John http://bit.ly/gNdl5j #TVNZNews

(9.10am) Salvation Army looking for a safe building or storage unit in Christchurch to stage food distribution. Call Robert Ross 027 449 4540 & he’ll get back to you. #eqnz

(9.00am) Ngai Tahu offer facilities to ALL affected by the quake. Please Re-Tweet, spread the word #EQNZ #christchurch #ngaitahu http://j.mp/dZSvek

@ACC_nz_govt ACC claims line operating additional hours today (Sunday 27 Feb), 9am-1pm. Call 0800 101 996 #chch #eqnz

(2.33pm, via NZHerald) Keep in touch with latest updates from the #chch earthquake disaster relief effort. nzh.tw/10709068 #eqnz

(10.11pm, via NZStuff) Christchurch quake – latest updates http://dlvr.it/HkdNn

Some churches in Christchurch are holding services on Sunday morning despite being damaged in Tuesday’s earthquake. http://bit.ly/f7zTd2

Christchurch Earthquake: Westminster Cathedral vigil for Christchurch quake. http://goo.gl/MYvYi #eqnz #christchurch

Aftershocks continue.

QUAKE MAP
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/week

Follow latest quakes via Twitter @geonet
http://www.geonet.org.nz/

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

DONATIONS TO CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
The best way you can help is by giving donations of money to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal.

(via @NZcivildefence) The New Zealand Government has launched a global appeal to help the people of Christchurch and Canterbury http://goo.gl/juym3 #eqnz #Christchurch [How to make your donation by Credit Card]

Go to the Trade Me home page for information on how to donate.

Visit your local banks and make donations there.

New World Supermarkets You can make donations to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal at all New World checkouts.

@BNZBank To donate to BNZ’s @NZRedCross appeal account, use the donate button within BNZ internet banking or this acct: 02-0500-0982004-000 #eqnz

@BNZBank We’ve just updated our instant #eqnz donation button on BNZ internet banking to include credit cards. There’ll be no fees for CC donations.

@NZredcross Pls note: 0800 733 276 is NOT a donation number for #eqnz U can donate here: http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate thnks

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Donations by Text Message:

@CEQgovtnz Telecom, Vodafone and 2 Degrees mobile customers can text ‘chch’ to 933 to make an automatic $3 donation #chch #eqnz

Red Cross donations to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal: text ‘quake’ to 4419 to make a $3 donation #eqnz

Salvation Army donations to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal: text ‘quake’ to 5339 to make a $3 donation #eqnz

VodafoneNZ Red Alert 2011 Earthquake Appeal: text ‘QUAKE’ to 555 to make a $5 donation. 100% of your $5 donation will go to the Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal.

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DONATE OLD PHONES
@TelecomNZ asking for old style telephones (eg wired not cordless) for #EQNZ as they work with no power. Take into local telecom stores. @telecomnz store: http://cot.ag/huChok

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Earthquake, Christchurch #eqnz Day 5

Prime Minister John Key has asked for 2 minute silence to be held on Tuesday 1 March at 12.51pm to remember those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake. #eqnz

(7.47pm) Foreign search and rescue teams say the NZ rescue effort is the best organised they had ever seen. #eqnz

The Government will announce an economic package on Monday nzh.tw/10708856 #eqnz

WATER @ChristchurchCC Updated list of water supply locations http://bit.ly/eraFmi #eqnz #chch

The following information is partial and subject to change. Refer previous posts at this site for more information.

NOTE: Twitter is open domain. You can google all Twitter addresses – for example, @NZcivildefence – to read tweets without being subscribed to Twitter.

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Emergency Helpline 0800 77 9997 – only call this number if you need help.

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

@CEQgovtnz If you’ve been reported missing in #chch but you are safe, please report to officials: 0800 733 276 Int: +64 785 02199 #eqnz

REFER to Police website for list of victims:
http://www.police.govt.nz (warning: if the site overloads – try again later)

(5.39pm) A police officer has been assigned to each of the families of those still missing. No live rescues were made today #eqnz

Faces of the missing: You can leave messages on the profiles of each of the missing. More to be updated today. #eqnz http://ow.ly/43Flt

Everything you need to know for Christchurch is at http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/#eqnz #chch #nz

@CEQgovtnz @ChristchurchCC @ECan for official information

@CEQgovtnz Wellington New Zealand. This Twitter account links to central and local government agencies and others supporting the response to the Canterbury earthquake. The account is active with tweeting tips & latest news supporting @NZcivildefence #eqnz http://canterburyearthquake.govt.nz

@ChristchurchCC Today’s #eqnz update http://bit.ly/fz2eym covers the things you need to know: health, police, house inspections & more #chch

@minhealthnz Key public health messages for Christchurch residents http://tiny.cc/7larw

@NZcivildefence Quake Update 54: 1720, 26 February 2011 Can I get personal possessions out of a cordoned area?… http://tinyurl.com/4k9axqv

OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL AND MISSING PERSONS
(6.14pm) The confirmed death toll from the Christchurch earthquake stands at 145, with more than 200 people missing. Hopes are fading for live rescues.
6 names of the deceased have been released, more to be named later today.
Over 20 nationalities among the victims.
2 Britons among the 145 dead.

(9.46pm) Victim ID experts due: UK disaster victim identification personnel expected in Chch Monday – specialist team alre… http://bit.ly/gZgcRr

CBD USAR OPERATIONS
Grid search of Christchurch CBD is completed except for the cordoned off area around the Hotel Grand Chancellor. The building has to be secured for safe search; senior engineers are monitoring the building.

(2.37pm) Unstable building brings new concern: One of the cordon’s on the outskirts of the Christchurch CBD is closed be… http://bit.ly/f6fVmh

Active search continues at the PCG building, CTV building and Christchurch Cathedral.
(2.35pm) Rescue workers have just removed another body from the CTV building #eqnz

All CBD buildings are being re-visited by search teams.

(7.47pm) Foreign search and rescue teams say the NZ rescue effort is the best organised they had ever seen. #eqnz

CBD BUILDING INSPECTIONS
(9.48pm) Bldg assessments by helicopter: Choppers buzzing over central Chch are carrying out building assessments- flight… http://bit.ly/eFxB8j

Nearly 1000 CBD buildings have been accessed for inspection.
60% of buildings green stickered – cleared for access.
17% of buildings yellow stickered – limited access.
20-25% of buildings red stickered – immediate evacuation, in danger of imminent collapse.

The CBD won’t open “for months”.
(6.25pm, via 3news) Over a third of CBD buildings destroyed, maybe up to two thirds of businesses lost.

(6.20pm) Ballantyne’s store in the CBD is likely to open a satellite or pop-up store to keep trading.

Engineers are thinking to brace the Hotel Grand Chancellor. #eqnz
(10.18pm) Grand Chancellor being stabilised: Work is carried out on Hotel Grand Chancellor to stabilise it so operations c… http://bit.ly/gqxjeR

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OPERATION SUBURB
IMPORTANT: All suburban door knocking teams carry official identification #eqnz #chch

(via Mayor Bob Parker)
4000+ individual house and property visits have been carried out. Each house receives a welfare assessment and physical building inspection.
1100+ completed forms from these property visits have been processed and liaison for specialist support followed up.

Suburban housing and small business assessments:
4600 buildings green stickered – cleared for access.
500 buildings yellow stickered – limited access.
341 red stickered – immediate evacuation, in danger of imminent collapse.

Lyttelton and surrounding suburbs hardest hit. These communities are isolated – another 80 teams have been sent in to assist.
(5.46pm) 4 Lyttelton houses have been evacuated amid fears of rock falls in the area #eqnz

NZRedCross response team going door to door after #eqnz http://bit.ly/eJ3FMU

People from 341 houses have been evacuated to safety.
30 people were evacuated from Soleares Ave in Mt Pleasant overnight. #eqnz

Merivale Anglican Church was brought down this morning.
155-year old Hambledon Mansion on Bealey Ave, owned by the Smith family, has been demolished. The three-storeyed house was built in 1855 by George Gould, founder of the Pyne Gould company, when the area was still a farm.

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(via Orion Energy) Power has been restored to 80% of the city.
If your house is severely damaged, turn off mains power.
If your power is off, unplug sensitive appliances at the wall and make sure the stove is turned off http://www.oriongroup.co.nz/ #eqnz #chch

(via Contact Energy) Contact energy is offering free cooking gas to residents. People can fill their 9kg gas bottles at locations listed at www.contactenergy.co.nz

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WATER @ChristchurchCC Updated list of water supply locations http://bit.ly/eraFmi #eqnz #chch

The first priority is for people to stay healthy.
Many homes still without water.
65,000 homes still without power.
100,000 homes are without sewerage services.
963 extra Portaloos are being airlifted in from USA.
17,500 tonnes of silt removed.

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WELFARE CENTRES
(9.48pm) New welfare centre has opened in Chch this evening- it is at Windsor School on Burwood Road http://bit.ly/fFWVO9 #eqnz

Cowles Stadium Welfare Centre closed due to lack of reliable water and sewerage services.
(6.20pm) 500 people are being catered for across all Welfare Centres, with that number dropping as more people stay with friends or leave town #eqnz
For more information on Welfare Centres at this website, see previous post.

(6.20pm)St John has 17 clinical staff across welfare centres at Burnside High, Pioneer Stadium, and Rangiora where there are are 500 people in total #eqnz

HOSPITALS
All hospitals have been cleared for intake of casualities, specialists arriving.
All elective surgery has been cancelled until 7 March.

QUAKE MAP
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/week

Follow latest quakes via Twitter @geonet
http://www.geonet.org.nz/

Aftershocks continue. There have been 14 aftershocks since midnight. The largest at magnitude 4.1.

TELEVISION AND MEDIA
TV3 / 3news Continuous updates via http://www.3news.co.nz/
Evening news at 6pm. Midday news on Sunday.

TVNZ Continuous live updates Evening news at 6pm.

CTV still on-air, despite all that has happened.

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

PHONES / TELECOS
Vodafone CHCH customers, you can TXT 3166 to have your Vodafone landline number diverted to your Vodafone mobile. Free for 30 days. #eqnz

TelstraClearNZ From today, for the next 2 weeks all outgoing International & National Calls will be FREE for our #Chch residential customers #eqnz

OTHER NOTICES
Everything you need to know for Christchurch is at http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/ #eqnz #chch #nz

Air NZ extends compassionate airfares: nzh.tw/10708919 #eqnz

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@BNZBank A few more BNZ ATM’s back in business in ChCh – the latest update http://bit.ly/i0eDrJ #eqnz

The cost of the earthquake is likely to be over $30 billion.

(6.26pm, via NZStuff) Half of Lotto sales to go to Christchurch – Minister http://dlvr.it/HdhvR

Access to the Chch Art Gallery where civil defence HQ is has been closed because of concern about an unstable building #eqnz

Christchurch police say “normal’ policing has resumed & warn they’ll crack down on burglaries #eqnz

HMNZS Canterbury will return to Lyttelton from Wellington with water, vehicles, fuel tanker, fire appliances, telecom vans and other materials #eqnz

Air Force has moved 1542 passengers in and out of Christchurch; Air Force facilitated 121,000 tonnes of freight to Chc in the last 24 hours.

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Family Liaision Teams will hold two meetings today, one with local families and one with families from overseas. #eqnz

More than $1 million in emergency grants has been paid out to stricken Cantabrians, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said #eqnz

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HOUSING
For emergency repairs contact EQC on 0800 DAMAGE (0800 326 243) #eqnz #chch

Official link to Housing NZ emergency housing website for victims & property owners http://ow.ly/435VL #eqnz

Housing NZ are accepting offers of housing from all over NZ http://www.housinghelp.govt.nz/

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Lyttelton tunnel has now re-opened for local residents & emergency vehicles #eqnz

@ChristchurchCC Christchurch rubbish collection is currently 2 days behind schedule #eqnz #chch

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has been spotted by a 3 News reporter at Auckland Airport on her way to Christchurch. #eqnz

Christchurch mayor Bob Parker on how the city will move forward following the earthquake nzh.tw/g/116999 #eqnz

If affected by the earthquake find out how IRD can help you http://www.ird.govt.nz/earthquake/canterbury-quake-index.html #eqnz #chch

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SUPERMARKETS
List of open supermarkets in Christchurch has been updated http://ow.ly/43N06 #eqnz #eqnz

New World making it easy to donate to Red Cross by adding it to bill at checkout. #eqnz

South Island supermarkets have started rationing milk and bread and supplies of other perishable food are running short due to disruptions caused by the earthquake in Christchurch on Tuesday.
Countdown stores in Dunedin were yesterday limiting milk to four containers per customer and some New World stores to two per customer.
Bread was in limited supply and limited to two loaves per customer at New World yesterday afternoon.

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Earthquake, Christchurch #eqnz Day 4

FARMERS – Your Help Needed With City Clean Up. Bring your gear to the AMP Showgrounds on Saturday from 6.30am.

Emergency Helpline 0800 77 9997 – only call this number if you need help.

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

@CEQgovtnz If you’ve been reported missing in #chch but you are safe, please report to officials: 0800 733 276 Int: +64 785 02199 #eqnz

(5.51pm) A curfew will be in place from 6pm until 6am tomorrow Saturday #eqnz

#ff @CEQgovtnz @ChristchurchCC @ECan for official information

@CEQgovtnz Wellington New Zealand. This Twitter account links to central and local government agencies and others supporting the response to the Canterbury earthquake. The account is active with tweeting tips & latest news supporting @NZcivildefence #eqnz http://canterburyearthquake.govt.nz

NOTE: Twitter is open domain. You can google all Twitter addresses – for example, @NZcivildefence – to read tweets without being subscribed to Twitter.]

OFFICIAL DEATH TOLL AND MISSING PERSONS
#eqnz Death toll at 113.
Many of the dead remain unidentified.

(6.45pm) 2 new names released. 2 men from chch. and police say no change on death toll of 113 but more bodies found today. #eqnz (via The Press)

REFER to Police website for list of victims:
http://www.police.govt.nz (warning: if the site overloads – try again later)

Victims of the Quake: Faces of the missing (via NZStuff)

LATEST (11.37am, via NZStuff) You can now add messages to the missing on each of their profiles. Know someone is safe? Let us know #eqnz
http://ow.ly/42YDK

TV3 / 3news Friday: Nightline at 10.30pm. Saturday coverage 7am-10am. Midday news on Saturday and Sunday.

TVNZ continuous live updates

NZStuff Christchurch quake: latest info http://dlvr.it/HYmPZ (11.39pm)

NewstalkZB Listen to Danny Watson read the account of an ambulance officer’s day, the day the earthquake hit Christchurch http://bit.ly/fCuxZ1 #eqnz

QUAKE MAP
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/week

Follow latest quakes via Twitter @geonet
http://www.geonet.org.nz/

Aftershocks continue in Christchurch
Quake: mag 4.3, Fri, Feb 25 2011 7:14 pm (NZDT), http://geonet.org.nz/3470254g 10 km south-east of Christchurch
Magnitude 4.4 aftershock hits Christchurch at 5.40pm (depth of 6 km) #eqnz

STUDENT VOLUNTEER ARMY
Via internet call up, 15,000 students are being deployed to low risk suburbs by bus to help with silt removal, provision of water and all other tasks assigned to assist residents. http://www.geoop.com/

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@ChristchurchCC Public information update: http://bit.ly/ft4xkj #eqnz #chch

Christchurch City Council
@ChristchurchCC To avoid confusion with 4 Sept info, check Last Reviewed date at bottom of page on ccc.govt.nz #eqnz #chch

DRINKING WATER
Water deliveries for FRIDAY 25 Feb http://bit.ly/hnDnMa via CCC #eqnz #chch

100L water tank making deliveries in Christchurch 027 226 3975 #eqnz

Several thousand litres of water is available at the corner of Harris Cres & Harewood Rd in Bishopdale #eqnz

Assume tap water is contaminated and unsafe to drink. BOIL all water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing/preparing food.. Commercially sealed bottled water is safe to drink.

@ChristchurchCC If you can’t boil your water, add one tsp of bleach per ten litres and leave for 30 min before using.

@ChristchurchCC If your property’s undamaged and no liquefaction, it’s OK to shower briefly and sparingly. #eqnz #chch

@ChristchurchCC If water is available and there are no sewage flows, you can flush toilets sparingly. Otherwise dig latrines or use buckets. #eqnz #chch

@ChristchurchCC NO human waste to be put in rubbish collection. Please bury in your garden and maintain hygiene precautions. #eqnz #chch

@ChristchurchCC Kerbside collection for red and green bins resumes today Fri 25th. No recycling (yellow bins) this week. #eqnz #chch

POWER OUTAGE MAP
(via Orion Energy) 8,000 additional power connections since yesterday http://bit.ly/g7qoae #eqnz #chch

A map which shows where the latest power outages are in the Canterbury region can be viewed here http://bit.ly/dXHcag #eqnz

(11.13am) Orion Energy’s Roger Sutton hoped 80% of customers should have power by tonight. #eqnz When power comes back on, water pumping stations come back on too #eqnz People should turn off mains power if they’re worried and wait till their house has been checked #eqnz

(11.11am) Sutton: Decided to build new overhead lines, hoping to have up and running in a week, work starting tomorrow #eqnz

(10.49am) Mayor Bob Parker: Underground power lines shattered, legislation in place to help speed that process up #eqnz

EARTHQUAKE COMMISSION (EQC)
For emergency repairs to residential property or to lodge a claim call EQC 0800 326 243 or www.eqc.govt.nz #eqnz #chch

FOOD RETAIL
Supermarkets are open and have been restocked – there is no need to stockpile. ONLY BUY WHAT YOU NEED.

BANKING SERVICES
(5.47pm) @BNZBank In addition to Leeston and Rolleston BNZ stores opening tomorrow, Ashburton will also be open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday #eqnz

EFTPOS and ATM facilities are working.

(11.56am) The Reserve Bank of NZ has posted maps of operational ATMs in Christchurch http://fb.me/AvC6BYcx #eqnz

@BNZBankWe’re continually updating our #eqnz info page at http://bit.ly/i0eDrJ It includes ATMs, which BNZ stores are open, donations & more.

PETROL SUPPLY
Petrol stations are open – there is no need to stockpile. ONLY BUY WHAT YOU NEED.

(11.13am) @ChristchurchCC Open petrol stations: http://bit.ly/eVsg69 #eqnz #chch

(10.48am) Civil Defence Director John Hamilton said there was no need to worry about petrol supplies. Petrol and diesel coming in from Timaru. #eqnz
Think of Your Safety before Transporting and Storing Flammable Liquids.
People are urged to stay off the roads and stay home.

Update information on road and bridge closures in Christchurch http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/road-closures/ #eqnz

Lyttelton Port will open on Saturday for business nzh.tw/10708508 #eqnz

CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT
Air New Zealand flights being provided at an additional 2000 seats per day (the equivalent of nineteen 737 planes). $50 flights to anywhere in New Zealand available through to Sunday night.

International & Domestic flights are still operating at ChCh Airport. Free parking & WiFi available at airport for travellers. #chch #eqnz

Many people are leaving the city.
People leaving town asked to leave messages with neighbours, friend and family so they don’t worry #eqnz

@TelecomNZ Chch people, change mobile voice mail to say you’re OK, where you are & an alternate number; conserve your battery! #eqnz

(11.48am) @TelecomNZ More than 20,000 calls have been made from 260 free @telecomnz payphones across Christchurch #eqnz ^RI

DONATIONS
The best way you can help is by giving donations of money to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal via Red Cross and the banks. Go to the Trade Me home page for information on how to donate.

@BNZBank To donate to BNZ’s @NZRedCross appeal account, use the donate button within BNZ internet banking or this acct: 02-0500-0982004-000 #eqnz

@BNZBank We’ve just updated our instant #eqnz donation button on BNZ internet banking to include credit cards. There’ll be no fees for CC donations.

Red Cross donations to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal: text ‘quake’ to 4419 to make a $3 donation #eqnz

Salvation Army donations to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal: text ‘quake’ to 5339 to make a $3 donation #eqnz

Telecom asking for old style telephones (eg wired not cordless) for #EQNZ as they work with no power. Take into local telecom stores.
@telecomnz store: http://cot.ag/huChok via @TelecomNZ

MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE
(11.09am) Plans for health services over the next 6 weeks are being finalised today #eqnz
(11.07am) Thousands of outpatient surgeries cancelled, will get most urgent ones in first #eqnz

(10.46am) Mayor Bob Parker: People should go to GP before going to hospitals #eqnz
(10.46am) Mayor Bob Parker: Field hospital in Cowles Stadium #eqnz

Canterbury residents with urgent medical needs can visit a GP free of charge until Sunday.The DHB is also providing access to pharmaceuticals free of charge.
People are asked to seek medical care when they need it, do not delay.

If you are #EQNZ affected (in #chch OR have left) & need emergency supply of medicines talk to ANY NZ pharmacy they may be able to assist

Healthline 24 hour service staffed by registered nurses can assess health needs + give advice on the best level of care 0800 611 116 #eqnz

Southern Cross Radiology and Cashmere Radiology are operational for URGENT cases and Pregnancy scans check 0800 869729 #eqnz

For urgent assistance or advice from Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, call helpline 0800 243 333

PET WELFARE / SPCA / ANIMAL CONTROL
(7.24pm) Text “HELP” to 4662 to donate $3 to Paw Justice towards pet food for Chch Animal Quake victims ♥

People with pets: Animates Tower Junction will be open at 10am Saturday. Ring them #eqnz

@CEQgovtnz Information about animal welfare and lost/found pets is available on the SPCA NZ website http://bit.ly/he8SKU #eqnz #chch

@RNZSPCA Canterbury SPCA animal emergencies 9am-4pm call 03 349 7057 ext 201 or 205; after hours call 03 366 3886 #eqnz

For lost or found dogs please contact Animal Control on 021 240 8310 or visit 10 Metro Place – Open 8:00am to 6:00pm #eqnz

ACCOMMODATION AND WELFARE CENTRES
Welfare Centres fully stocked. The four centres are Pioneer Sports Centre, Burnside High School and Rangiora Baptist Church.

Cowles Stadium Welfare Centre NOW CLOSED. Due to concerns about the spread of measles and diarrhoea. #PublicHealth Cowles has no running water and thus no sanitation. At its peak 400 people were sheltered at Cowles; only 80 persons chose to be relocated by bus to Rangiora.

New Welfare Centres
Grace Vineyard in Brighton. Address: 111 Seaview Rd, Brighton.
Rolleston Community Centre, taking people from Burnside & Cowles centres.

(10.37am) There’s a crisis centre with all sorts of good facilities in Methven. Toilets, counselling, food and drinks. 03 302 9666 #eqnz

@nzbusiness Google map with accommodations listing available inside Christchurch http://j.mp/eKEQEw #eqnz

Housing NZ is appealing for people who can offer accommodation to call 0800 HELP 00 (0800 435 700) or http://www.housinghelp.govt.nz/ #eqnz

There are nearly 1,000 offers of free accommodation on @trademe #chch support website #eqnz http://bit.ly/giExtk
UPDATE: TradeMe has started free listings for people offering places to stay for earthquake victims. Onyas. #eqnz #chch

The Dunedin City Council website has a newly created section for Christchurch Earthquake Relief info http://bit.ly/eV3o26 #eqnz #chch

@nzbusiness Central Otago Emergency Accommodation Register. Please like page and Retweet http://on.fb.me/centralotagoaccomm #eqnz

People wanting accommodation in Invercargill can call Quest Invercargill on 0800 101 801 #eqnz (NewstalkZB)

BUILDING AND AREA STATUS
(10.58pm) Canterbury Museum has been declared structurally sound! Check out latest update here: http://bit.ly/i6rpOa #eqnz #fb (via MuseumsAotearoa

(10.22pm) Radio NZ house badly damaged and bodies pulled from collapsed Methodist church :( poor Durham St (via @publicaddress)

(7.24pm) Christchurch Girls High School, the old gothic building, featured in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, is to be demolished tonight. #eqnz

(5.49pm) Mayor Bob Parker says the level of liquefication is up to is 300-500 percent higher than it was after September’s quake #eqnz

(11.49am) Damaged buildings are being made more unstable by rain falling in the city today, police say. nzh.tw/10708664 #eqnz

(11.02am) Urban Search and Rescue. Fire Service’s Paul Baxter said about 600 USAR personnel were on the ground from NZ, Queenstland, NSW, Japan, UK, Taiwan and Singapore #eqnz

Major efforts still going on 24/7 at the PGC and CTV buildings. Baxter was not aware of any live rescues this morning. #eqnz

(11.02am) Search for cathedral bodies begins http://dlvr.it/HW9k2
(10.35pm) Today a camera was lowered into the collapsed steeple for assessment. The steeple will be stabilised before bodies can be recovered.

(10.47am) Mayor Bob Parker: 80 teams checking of safety of houses, protection of human life very important #eqnz

(10.46am) Mayor Bob Parker: Engineers and assessors will go out to shopping centres, malls, pharmacies, medical facilities #eqnz
(10.30am) A 90m cordon is around the Hotel Grand Chancellor. It’s movements are being monitored by the Department of Building &Housing. #eqnz #chch

OTHER NOTICES
URGENT: Looking for Motel or Hotels in chch with availability for Trauma Specialists flying in from 2mro CONTACT @fleurtee #eqnz

COURIER SERVICES @UrgentCouriers We can still get things to Christchurch to help out with #eqnz over the weekend just give us a call 09 307 3555

LAUNDRY Need to get your washing done? Fisher & Paykel have set up a community laundry: http://ow.ly/436cQ #eqnz

If you live in a Housing New Zealand house in Christchurch with urgent safety issues call 0800 801 601 or go to www.hnzc.co.nz #eqnz #chch

Christchurch City schools and early childhood education centres will remain closed until further notice. #EQNZ
Updated: Some schools in Selwyn, Waimakariri may open next week, but Christchurch city schools and early childhood centres will remain closed. #eqnz (NewstalkZB)

Earthquake forces cancellation of census http://bit.ly/fox46n Stats Minister Maurice Williamson can give no commitments whatsover on whether this Census will ever be held at all.
#eqnz Census cancelled in 1931 (Great Depression) and 1941 (World War II) So far $42 million has been spent preparing for this year’s census. #eqnz

The upcoming Ellerslie Flower Show has been cancelled. Tickets will be refunded by Ticketek. #eqnz (NZStuff)

Inland Revenue has information for its customers affected by the quake http://bit.ly/f0VYf5 #eqnz http://bit.ly/d94pAr

Lots of people out there wanting to help http://www.trademe.co.nz/Chch-earthquake-support/Volunteer-labour/mcat-9530-9532-.htm #eqnz

A website has been set up to coordinate support for IT businesses in Christchurch at http://business.eq.org.nz/ #eqnz

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Earthquake, Christchurch #eqnz Day 3

Four names released as confirmed dead in Christchurch http://ow.ly/42o2q #eqnz
REFER to Police website for list of victims:
http://www.police.govt.nz (warning: site overloaded – try again later)

Try NZ Herald website for victim names.

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Emergency Helpline 0800 77 9997 – only call this number if you need help.

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

Christchurch Earthquake: Important Information: An update on important information regarding the Christchurch Earthquake http://bit.ly/fUmR80 (NewstalkZB)

@ChristchurchCC To avoid confusion with 4 Sept info, check Last Reviewed date at bottom of page on ccc.govt.nz #eqnz #chch

Welfare Centres fully stocked. The four centres are Pioneer Sports Centre, Burnside High School, Cowles Stadium, and Rangiora Baptist Church.
(see ACCOMMODATION AND WELFARE CENTRES below)

Mayor Bob Parker: “Too many bloody aftershocks.”

QUAKE MAP
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/week

Follow latest quakes via Twitter @geonet
http://www.geonet.org.nz/

New Zealand Government
There will be a negative impact on the New Zealand economy. Prime Minister John Key says “We can afford to take the hit, we can cope with this as a country.” The Prime Minister is seeking help and cooperation from the private sector. He will hold a conference call with 40 CEOs (company chief executives) later today.
(5.33pm) Quake will impact Budget, PM says but austerity will continue http://bit.ly/eiUt3R #TVNZNews

Gerry Brownlee will give up his other ministerial portfolios to focus on Christchurch: nzh.tw/10708400 #eqnz John Key has assigned new earthquake resonsibilities to Ministers – these appointments will stay under review.

(13.13pm) @johnkeypm Just spoke to President Obama. We really appreciate the support offered by the US, Australia and countries all over the world.

Official @CEQgovtnz Wellington New Zealand This Twitter account links to central and local government agencies and others supporting the response to the Canterbury earthquake. The account is active with tweeting tips & latest news supporting @NZcivildefence #eqnz
http://canterburyearthquake.govt.nz

(8.30pm) ONE News is now off air and will be back at 10.35pm. Coverage continues on TVNZ 7 and tvnz.co.nz #eqnz

TV3 will continue coverage this evening at 10.30pm via Nightline #eqnz

LIVE STREAMING:
National TV networks live streaming from 6pm: http://rww.to/eLtY8t, http://rww.to/e0WVeh #eqnz

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Updates
(8.12pm, via 3news) 80% of homes have no mains water.
20 extra water tankers have been deployed.
75% of the city should have power restored by tonight.
All but 5 of the City’s water pumping stations are out.
Petrol supplies are limited due to the power outage.

[power] Orion Energy says the worst affected areas are Dallington, Sumner, Brighton and the CBD.

A map which shows where the latest power outages are in the Canterbury region can be viewed here http://bit.ly/dXHcag #eqnz

@ChristchurchCC Power supply update as at 4pm: http://www.oriongroup.co.nz/ #eqnz #chch

Gas has been cut to most of the city.

@ChristchurchCC If water is available and there are no sewage flows, you can flush toilets sparingly. Otherwise dig latrines or use buckets. #eqnz #chch

@ChristchurchCC NO human waste to be put in rubbish collection. Please bury in your garden and maintain hygiene precautions. #eqnz #chch

@ChristchurchCC Kerbside collection for red and green bins resumes tomorrow Fri 25th. No recycling (yellow bins) this week. #eqnz #chch

Telstraclear have had 3 generators attached to cell phone towers stolen overnight. #EQNZ

EQC is going door-to-door seeing what they can do for people with damaged houses. #eqnz
For emergency repairs to residential property or to lodge a claim call EQC 0800 326 243 or www.eqc.govt.nz #eqnz #chch

DRINKING WATER
(9.35pm) WATER deliveries for FRIDAY 25 Feb http://bit.ly/hnDnMa via CCC #eqnz #chch

(8.12pm, via 3news) 80% of homes have no mains water. 20 extra water tankers have been deployed. All but 5 of the City’s water pumping stations are out.

Christchurch residents running low on fresh water can top up their supplies at the car park at Cowles Stadium in Wainoni. #eqnz (NewstalkZB)

Army engineers will be setting up two water points including water purification (Lyttelton and New Brighton) later today #eqnz
34 water tankers have been deployed around the city.
@ChristchurchCC Water Tanker Timetable for Deliveries: http://bit.ly/ggi12d #eqnz #chch
@ChristchurchCC Water is provided at the welfare centres. Please bring your own water containers. #eqnz #chch

@ChristchurchCC If water is available and there are no sewage flows, you can flush toilets sparingly. Otherwise dig latrines or use buckets. #eqnz #chch

Fresh water will be available at Christchurch South Intermediate School, Selwyn St from 3pm.
Water also available at Grassmere St, Glenroy St, Montreal St, Aston Dr, Waltham School. Take your own containers #eqnz
A man living opposite Opawa shops has piped water to the road from his artesian spring. Free, byo container #eqnz
Fonterra is installing five large vats of fresh water around Christchurch. New Brighton School, Shirley Prime, Wainoni Prime, Lyttelton School, Burnside High, Hagley Park (Harper Ave) & Latimer Square. #EQNZ

Assume tap water is contaminated and unsafe to drink. BOIL all water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing/preparing food.. Commercially sealed bottled water is safe to drink.

@ChristchurchCC If you can’t boil your water, add one tsp of bleach per ten litres and leave for 30 min before using.

FOOD RETAIL
Supermarkets are open and have been restocked – there is no need to stockpile. ONLY BUY WHAT YOU NEED.

The full list of what’s open from Foodstuffs: http://www.foodstuffs-si.co.nz/ #eqnz #food

The following Countdown stores are open: Avonhead, Kaiapoi, Northwood, Hornby, Rangiora, Ashburton, Church Corner, Northlands #eqnz

The Bush Inn and Moorhouse Countdown stores may open later today, but they will update us when they know. #eqnz

Open supermarkets:
New World in Ashburton, Bishopdale, Fendalton, Halswell, Lincoln, Northwood, Rangiora and Rolleston
Pak’N Save in Hornby and Northlands. All Four Square stores except the Lyttelton store.
Countdown in Avonhead, Hornby, Kaiapoi, Northwood, Rangiora and Ashburton.
SuperValue in Lincoln Rd and Wairakei Rd (Merivale and Sumner are expecting to open some time today)
FreshChoice in Barrington and Fendalton

BANKING SERVICES
EFTPOS and ATM facilities are working.

@BNZBankWe’re continually updating our #eqnz info page at http://bit.ly/i0eDrJ It includes ATMs, which BNZ stores are open, donations & more.

BNZ stores open tomorrow: Upper Riccarton, Rolleston, Rangiora, Papanui, Leeston, Kaiapoi, Akaroa store will also be open tomorrow from 10am to 4pm #eqnz
In the greater Canterbury region, these BNZ stores are already open: Kaikoura, Hamner Springs, Methven, Geraldine, Timaru, Waimate, Oamaru #eqnz

PETROL SUPPLY
Petrol stations are open – there is no need to stockpile. ONLY BUY WHAT YOU NEED.
Think of Your Safety before Transporting Flammable Liquids.

Petrol supplies are being worked on to prevent shortages.
(8.12pm, via 3news) Petrol supplies are limited due to the power outage.
(5.349pm) Caltex says panic buying is draining fuel stocks.
Shell service stations are open in: Belfast, Templeton, Carmen Road, Kaiapoi, Carletts Road, Southbrook, Raceway, Bryndwyr, Yaldhurst, Burnside, Bishopdale, Darfield, Brougham, and Ferry Road #eqnz
(5.40pm) Shell NZ confirm there is a ‘fuel shortage issue’ at Ashburton station. It will be resolved in a matter of hours #eqnz

(11.44pm) Update information on road and bridge closures in Christchurch | NATIONAL News http://goo.gl/4vDa4 #eqnz

Emergency vehicles allowed to pass through Lyttelton Tunnel. Remains closed to public #eqnz

Lyttelton Port will open on Saturday for business nzh.tw/10708508 #eqnz

Air New Zealand flights being provided at an additional 2000 seats per day (the equivalent of nineteen 737 planes). $50 flights to anywhere in New Zealand available through to Sunday night.

International & Domestic flights are still operating at ChCh Airport. Free parking & WiFi available at airport for travellers. #chch #eqnz

Many people are leaving the city.
People leaving town asked to leave messages with neighbours, friend and family so they don’t worry #eqnz

@TelecomNZ Chch people, change mobile voice mail to say you’re OK, where you are & an alternate number; conserve your battery! #eqnz

@TelecomNZ Instructions on changing your voicemail from any phone on this page: http://cot.ag/evo1kk

Christchurch Residents: Stay HOME, Support Neighbours, Leave NOTES, work TOGETHER, share RESOURCES, and talk to each other about the reality #eqnz

@Police_NZ News: Advise friends and the authorities if you are safe – Location:  N… http://ow.ly/1btsNG

SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORTS
(11.18pm) @CEQgovtnz Search & rescue ops include teams from Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, & Japan. UK and USA teams expected within next 24 hours. #eqnz #chch

Search teams are spreading out to grid search the CBD area within the four avenues. The teams are using sniffer dogs, acoustic testing and cameras for signs of life. This remains a rescue operation. Helicopters and planes asked to stay away from CBD so the teams can have silence when searching #eqnz

The Civil Aviation Authority is extending the restricted air space requirement over central Christchurch. #eqnz

Search and rescue teams being deployed to the wider city and suburbs – to eastern suburbs, to Sumner, Banks Peninsula, Diamond Harbour and so on, for rescue and assessment of the help and resources required. This outward deployment will happen daily.

@NZRedCross Quick summary of response to date following #eqnz http://bit.ly/fvVv5Q

Four names released as confirmed dead in Christchurch http://ow.ly/42o2q #eqnz
REFER to Police website for list of victims:
http://www.police.govt.nz (warning: site overloaded – try again later)

Try NZ Herald website for victim names.

(6.13pm) Update: 98 people officially confirmed dead. Prime Minister: “The death toll may rise more rapidly than any of us feared.”
Police confirm bodies of the victims are being taken to temporary morgue at Christchurch Police Station.
226 missing persons, numbers expected to rise.
431 people admitted to hospital.
164 people seriously injured.

No deaths reported at Lyttelton, Defence Minister says area is heavily devastated.

Police are reviewing the missing persons list.
Victims names will be released – Key: John Key has announced at a press conference this morning that police will… http://bit.ly/ekYg9A (NewstalkZB)

(7.45pm) Details of victim identification http://bit.ly/gmAGr0 #TVNZNews
Superintendent Dave Cliff, Christchurch Police:
The identification process is methodical. Police are using DNA, finger prints, dental records and all other data about missing individuals (for example, scars, bithmarks, tattoos, distinctive jewellery, and so on). Based on overseas experience, Police are avoiding the use of visual identifications which may lead to mistaken identities. Where solid identifications have been made Police will endeavour to release a small list of names at 4pm today.

There were no live rescues overnight.
Rescue efforts within the CBD are focused on four main sites.

Police know a number of people are buried by rubble at Christchurch Cathedral, with no chance of life.

Three men lost their lives attempting to remove the pipe organ from Durham Street Methodist Church.

(5.33pm) LATEST CTV Building. Police say 23 bodies have been pulled from the CTV site today taking the total number from that area to 47 #eqnz
The five levels of the CTV building collapsed causing severe injury and death. The upper limit of people having been in the building estimated at 120.
A Filipina English student txted classmate at 3am from CTV building #eqnz Rescuers went back in under lights – no rescue effected.
Today, a specialist Japanese search team has been assigned to this site – currently proceeding with hands and shovels. Body removal is underway. 4 bodies were removed over night, unable to be identified by visual ID.

Hotel Grand Chancellor has moved but is stable, could fall in aftershock.
There is no life at the Holy Cross Chapel in Chancery Lane.

(12.01pm) Pyne Gould Corporation has been advised by emergency services that the focus at the PGC building is now one of recovery #eqnz (12.52pm) 14 staff are still believed to be in the Pyne Gould building: nzh.tw/10708450 #eqnz

Liquefaction at Bexley and Redcliffs, these suburbs devastated.

LATEST (11.53pm) NZ Police: Redcliffs suburb in Christchurch evacuated
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/27256.html

DONATIONS
The best way you can help is by giving donations of money to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal via Red Cross and the banks. Go to the Trade Me home page for information on how to donate.

@BNZBank To donate to BNZ’s @NZRedCross appeal account, use the donate button within BNZ internet banking or this acct: 02-0500-0982004-000 #eqnz

@BNZBank We’ve just updated our instant #eqnz donation button on BNZ internet banking to include credit cards. There’ll be no fees for CC donations.

Red Cross donations: text ‘quake’ to 4419 to make a $3 donation #eqnz

Text ‘quake’ to 5339 to donate/give $3 to the Salvation Army’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. #eqnz

Welfare Centres fully stocked. The four centres are Pioneer Sports Centre, Burnside High School, Cowles Stadium, and Rangiora Baptist Church. (see ACCOMMODATION AND WELFARE CENTRES below)

Donations of food and clothing – go to earthquakehelp@msd.govt.nz

Telecom asking for old style telephones (eg wired not cordless) for #EQNZ as they work with no power. Take into local telecom stores.
@telecomnz store: http://cot.ag/huChok via @TelecomNZ

MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE
Primary health care via General Practitioners (GPs) – 60% of general practices will be up and running by today. This is acknowledged as a pressure point and the District Health Board (DHB) is working on this to ensure people have access to medical care.

Canterbury residents with urgent medical needs can visit a GP free of charge until Sunday.The DHB is also providing access to pharmaceuticals free of charge.
People are asked to seek medical care when they need it, do not delay.

If you are #EQNZ affected (in #chch OR have left) & need emergency supply of medicines talk to ANY NZ pharmacy they may be able to assist

See bottom of this release for list of Christchurch pharmacies open today: http://bit.ly/hCMx0o #eqnz (NewstalkZB)

Healthline 24 hour service staffed by registered nurses can assess health needs + give advice on the best level of care 0800 611 116 #eqnz

Southern Cross Radiology and Cashmere Radiology are operational for URGENT cases and Pregnancy scans check 0800 869729 #eqnz

For urgent assistance or advice from Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, call helpline 0800 243 333

The Triage Centre at Latimer Square CLOSED and moved from that site.

A 75 bed Australian Army Field hospital is due to arrive in Christchurch this afternoon and will be utilised over the coming days #eqnz (NewstalkZB)

Two aged care facilities have been evacuated.
A group of rest home residents have been transferred from Christchurch to facilities in Nelson and Marlborough. #eqnz
A further 200 elderly people are likely to be moved to other facilities around the South Island or to the North Island.
Some aged care facilities are without water and power.
The Air Force is moving residents in damaged rest homes to new accommodation around the South Island: nzh.tw/10708400 #eqnz

PET WELFARE / SPCA / ANIMAL CONTROL
@CEQgovtnz Information about animal welfare and lost/found pets is available on the SPCA NZ website http://bit.ly/he8SKU #eqnz #chch

@RNZSPCA Canterbury SPCA animal emergencies 9am-4pm call 03 349 7057 ext 201 or 205; after hours call 03 366 3886 #eqnz

For lost or found dogs please contact Animal Control on 021 240 8310 or visit 10 Metro Place – Open 8:00am to 6:00pm #eqnz

ACCOMMODATION AND WELFARE CENTRES
Welfare Centres fully stocked. The four centres are Pioneer Sports Centre, Burnside High School, Cowles Stadium, and Rangiora Baptist Church.

New Welfare Centre at Grace Vineyard in Brighton. Address: 111 Seaview Rd, Brighton.

New Welfare Centre opening 6pm at Rolleston Community Centre, taking people from Burnside & Cowles centres. #eqnz

@nzbusiness Google map with accommodations listing available inside Christchurch http://j.mp/eKEQEw #eqnz

Housing NZ is appealing for people who can offer accommodation to call 0800 HELP 00 (0800 435 700) or http://www.housinghelp.govt.nz/ #eqnz

There are nearly 1,000 offers of free accommodation on @trademe #chch support website #eqnz http://bit.ly/giExtk
UPDATE: TradeMe has started free listings for people offering places to stay for earthquake victims. Onyas. #eqnz #chch

@DnCityCouncil If you have spare accommodation that you can offer people coming from Chch, go to http://bit.ly/gC1lim or email visitor.centre@dcc.govt.nz

@nzbusiness Central Otago Emergency Accommodation Register. Please like page and Retweet http://on.fb.me/centralotagoaccomm #eqnz

People wanting accommodation in Invercargill can call Quest Invercargill on 0800 101 801 #eqnz (NewstalkZB)

Other
If you live in a Housing New Zealand house in Christchurch with urgent safety issues call 0800 801 601 or go to www.hnzc.co.nz #eqnz #chch

For any of our Canadian friends in distress in Christchurch, Canadian High Commission hotline: 04 473 9577 #EQNZ #CHCH

Christchurch City schools and early childhood education centres will remain closed until further notice. #EQNZ

(9.11pm) Updated: Some schools in Selwyn, Waimakariri may open next week, but Christchurch city schools and early childhood centres will remain closed. #eqnz (NewstalkZB)

Statistics New Zealand: The delivery of census forms has been delayed until midday tomorrow throughout the whole country. (NewstalkZB)

The upcoming Ellerslie Flower Show has been cancelled. Tickets will be refunded by Ticketek. #eqnz (NZStuff)

Inland Revenue has information for its customers affected by the quake http://bit.ly/f0VYf5 #eqnz http://bit.ly/d94pAr

Lots of people out there wanting to help http://www.trademe.co.nz/Chch-earthquake-support/Volunteer-labour/mcat-9530-9532-.htm #eqnz

A website has been set up to coordinate support for IT businesses in Christchurch at http://business.eq.org.nz/ #eqnz

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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

QUAKE MAP
http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/

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

WATER SUPPLY
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:
Lyttelton
Redcliffs
South New Brighton
Shirley
Wainoni
Phillipstown
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.

MEDIA AND TELCOS
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

TRANSPORTATION
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

FOOD SUPPLIES
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

BANKING AND CASH SUPPLY
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

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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

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
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.

WELFARE CENTRES
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.

ACCOMMODATION
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.

FUEL SUPPLIES
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

BUILDINGS DAMAGED / COLLAPSED AND AREA DAMAGE

Summary
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.

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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

CANTERBURY EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

(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

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Earthquake, Christchurch #eqnz Day 1

3:44 am Wednesday 23 February
NOTE: (in reply to searches received at this website) Dunedin has experienced or is experiencing light aftershocks only. At this time, there is no news of earthquake damage in Dunedin.

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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.

UPDATED via 3news
Prime Minister John Key confirms 65 fatalities, more are expected. Unconfirmed, from reliable sources, 3news at 9.50pm, indicates the death toll could range from 200-400.

UPDATED
The Christchurch 111 call centre has been successfully diverted to Wellington and 111 calls are being prioritised.


STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED BY MAYOR BOB PARKER, TO LAST AT LEAST 5 DAYS.

Updated phone numbers, civil defence information, accommodation, people finder & transport information http://www.radiolive.co.nz/quake

Check http://www.civildefence.govt.nz and follow @NZcivildefence for #CHCH #EQNZ updates

@NZRedCross

Note: You don’t have to be subscribed to Twitter to follow tweets, just google an address eg “@NZcivildefence” to read the tweets.

UPDATE: TV3 and 3news will be back on air at 6am Wednesday morning (tomorrow). TV3 is providing live feed. Twitter is live and instantaneous. TVNZ’s building in Christchurch has been damaged, causing difficulty for live feed.

QUAKE MAP http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/week

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.
Lyttelton and Brighton are UNLIVEABLE.
UPDATE: LYTTELTON TUNNEL is Re-opened For Emergency Vehicles.

Aftershocks continue, at a rate of about one an hour. The largest at magnitude 5.7; the most recent of magnitude 4.4 at Wednesday 23 Feb 0:02 am. Tremors have been felt as far away as the lower South Island and Wellington in the North Island.

Follow latest quakes via Twitter @geonet

Emergency services are effecting people rescues. Multiple deaths reported (total number unknown).
UPDATE (10.41pm): 125 people citywide have been successfully rescued from building rubble.

Chief Fire Officer for ChCh. IF YOU CAN LEAVE CHCH DO IT ASAP – OFFICIAL.

Civil Defence Headquarters set up at Christchurch Art Gallery.

CHRISTCHURCH HOSPITAL initially evacuated – the hospital is now OPERATIONAL. Power has been restored by Orion Energy.

TRIAGE CENTRES include:
Latimer Square, Central Christchurch
Spotlight Mall, Sydenham
Sanitarium Building, Papanui
Canterbury University
Moorhouse Avenue Medical Centre
Princess Margaret Hospital
Sumner Medical Centre
(via @ECan): Locations of triage centres can be found at http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/ #eqnz

AUCKLAND HOSPITAL on Red Alert.
All South Island hospitals providing space for the injured, with the exception of Southland Hospital.

CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT is closed to all but emergency traffic. @newstalkzb: Domestic flights out of Christchurch Airport are expected to be back up and running by 8am tomorrow #eqnz

CIVIL DEFENCE requests that people do NOT drive to Christchurch unless they have been officially asked to do so.

Are you waiting to hear from friends or family after the Christchurch earthquake?
Police have set up a hotline for welfare inquiries at 0800 779 997.
The National Crisis Centre is now ACTIVATED for people contact/matching.

People in New Zealand concerned about the wellbeing of friends and relatives in Christchurch can call 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276)

Alternatively: you can leave a message for missing people on Stuff, go to Messages for the missing: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4688789/Messages-for-the-missing

Google has developed this people finder for the Christchurch earthquake. http://bit.ly/hNpWMZ #chch #eqnz

UPDATED (via TVNZ news)
Bob Parker says welfare centres are creaking at the seams, he is directing people to Burnside School and asking people to shelter neighbours #eqnz
WELFARE CENTRES / SHELTERS FOR EMERGENCY OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION:
Addington Raceway closed due to high numbers
Please go to Burnside School in Memorial Avenue, Papanui High School, Lyttelton Recreation Centre, Brooklands Community Centre, Akaroa Senior School if you need shelter.

2500 people are congregating at Hagley Park as a temporary Red Cross shelter – the big tent for next week’s Ellerslie Flower Show is being utilised. Demand has outstripped supply – the Hagley Park shelter has only 1500 hot meals to distribute. Extra blankets are being brought in.

Christchurch people can find people offering accommodation @quakebeds.co.nz

All Christchurch people should collect water in buckets and BOIL WATER BEFORE DRINKING. Do not take showers or flush toilets.
Check your neighbours. Sanitarium has made fresh water from its water bore available for free #eqnz

POLICE are urging people to stay home, people should not attempt to go to work or school for three days.

Civil Defence is deploying Portaloos; gaining access is problematic for this deployment.

People should not use CELL PHONES except in an emergency. Emergency Services require all lines. Use Txt or Tweets only, if you can.

Christchurch has run out of ambulances. Injured people are being removed by police vehicles and cars. Defence forces have been called in to assist.

Gas, water and sewerage lines ruptured everywhere. Threat of fires immediate. Choppers with monsoon buckets being utilised to contain fires.

There are currently 250 specialist Search and Rescue teams deployed. There are 100 engineers from Singapore already at work in the city.

New Zealand has ACCEPTED offers of International Search and rescue assistance from Australia (40 person search and rescue team) and the United States.
New Zealand is presently in talks with Japan, the country with specialist expertise in earthquake recovery. Offers of help received from the UN, the EU, Israel and other nations.

180 police officers are deployed in Christchurch, with a further 200 police reinforcements to arrive from around New Zealand.
Rescue helicopters and medical staff arriving from Dunedin and other centres.
There are 350 military personnel on the ground now, with 250 relief personnel due overnight.
4 Navy ships are available.

Damage at Sumner reported.
Damage at Riccarton.
Eastern suburbs damaged, power won’t be restored tonight.

Current estimate ONLY – 80% of Christchurch is without power; it’s hoped 50% of that will be restored by nightfall. Power has been restored to rural Canterbury and Christchurch Hospital. A large area of Banks Peninsula has power restored.

Building damage or collapse reported:

Bodies removed from Christchurch’s YHA Hostel building.

24 people trapped on the 17th floor of Christchurch’s Forsyth Barr building, following collapse of the stairwell, are being rescued by emergency services

Pyne Gould Guiness building completely collapsed, structure pancaked, 200 people thought to have been inside when the earthquake struck; rescue underway for at least 30 people still trapped, one confirmed death

CTV building destroyed, building on fire, as many as 31 students at a Japanese language school may be trapped; bodies have been removed to a makeshift mortuary on Latimer Square; 20 people have walked out of the CTV building – unconfirmed but potentially 100 still inside #christchurch #eqnz

Provincial Chambers

Christchurch Cathedral – people were thought to be in the tower when the building section fell

Arts Centre
Offices of Perpetual Trust in the Marsh Brothers (Insurance Brokers) building
The Press building – 2 people remain trapped, rescuers on site
Cashel Mall – collapse of masonry, several casualties reported
Whitcoulls building (unoccupied at time of collapse)
Ballantynes – windows broken, building relatively unscathed
Christ’s College
Timeball Station at Lyttelton, destroyed
The Hop is about the only building to survive in Poplar St.

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The earthquake caused 30 million tons of ice to collapse into Tasman Glacier’s terminal lake. The ice fall created waves of up to 3.5 metres in height. The waves lasted 30 mins and were big enough to roll icebergs into the lake.

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New Zealand insurance companies wish to reassure New Zealanders that the companies are able to cover all resulting claims.

@TelecomNZ Want to help? http://facebook.com/StudentVolunteerArmy #eqnz

Air NZ lays on $50 flights to Christchurch; extra 747 service http://bit.ly/NBRfreeAirNZFlights

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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