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Old Feb 22nd 2011, 12:58 am
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Originally Posted by Persephone View Post
I am the other side of the airport. I'm sorry I can't help. I'm sure they'll be ok.
Oh hell, just had another big one-the ground is still shaking. Just watched the whole house shake like it's made of jelly.
Damage assessment (1430hrs):
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is assessing information with the assistance of scientific advisors and Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups.
The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated.

MCDEM is standing up all available Urban Search and Rescue teams. An Australian team has been put on call.

Temporary accommodation is currently being organised for those displaced. Looking at erecting tents in Hagley Park

The hospital has been evacuated and several rest homes are also being considered for evacuation.

There is major damage in the Christchurch CBD, and there are a number of people with significant injuries.

MCDEM is working with the Ministry of Social Development and the Police to re-establish contact with Christchurch civil defence.

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Apparently phone networks are very congested, they are asking people to text rather than call if possible.
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Originally Posted by Batty View Post
I hope you're all ok. Spoke to my friend down there and she was trying to get home and terribly upset. Quite graphic footage on the TV.
Looks like Cashel Street Mall has collapsed... in the middle of the shopping day...

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Originally Posted by Persephone View Post
I am the other side of the airport. I'm sorry I can't help. I'm sure they'll be ok.
Oh hell, just had another big one-the ground is still shaking. Just watched the whole house shake like it's made of jelly.
Stay safe!!! Kia Kaha!!!
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Originally Posted by Persephone View Post
Oh hell, just had another big one-the ground is still shaking. Just watched the whole house shake like it's made of jelly.
Mag 4.0 - enough to bring down damaged buildings.

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Old Feb 22nd 2011, 1:04 am
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It's frightening and I'm in a 'stable' area, I can't imagine how bad it would be in the centre with buildings falling down. The aftershocks keep coming and the ground is never still which will make it unsafe for those trying to rescue people. I had hoped this was starting to peter out
I can't even write properly, shaking too much
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Originally Posted by Buzzy--Bee View Post
Mag 4.0 - enough to bring down damaged buildings.

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It felt bigger than a 4, very shallow then?
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just home from work now, seen a lot on the news there, sending all my thoughts and prayers out to you all down there
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Old Feb 22nd 2011, 1:16 am
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Originally Posted by Persephone View Post
It felt bigger than a 4, very shallow then?
It was a 4 and then 10 mins later a 5.5, so you probably felt the second one.

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Originally Posted by Buzzy--Bee View Post
It was a 4 and then 10 mins later a 5.5, so you probably felt the second one.

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Have you looked on GeoNet?
http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/...nt_quakes.html
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Good luck to everyone down there, looks horrific ...
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Prayers are with you there. I'm in California........so I know just how frightening they are......lived through some difficult ones. Stay safe.
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Stay safe everyone there
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Kia Kaha Cantabrians. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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Cell phone coverage is overloaded.

Ferrymead Bridge is impassable.

They have run out of ambulances to help people.
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#CHCH Quake Update 3

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

Damage assessment (1520hrs):
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is assessing information with the assistance of scientific advisors and Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups.

The National Crisis Management Centre has been activated.
  • To minimise loading on the telecommunications network, people should use txt messaging to check if friends and family are safe
  • Contact has been established with the Environment Canterbury, the regional CDEM Group. They are still trying to establish communications with Christchurch City Council Civil Defence.
  • Christchurch hospital is now operational, only one ward was damaged
  • Christchurch airport is closed pending an inspection of the runway
  • MCDEM is standing up all available Urban Search and Rescue teams. An Australian team is on stand-by.
People in the affected area should:
  • Expect aftershocks. Each time one is felt, drop, cover, and hold on.
  • Check yourself first for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons.
  • Assess your home or workplace for damage. If the building appears unsafe get everyone out. Use the stairs, not an elevator and when outside, watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines. Stay out of damaged areas.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires if it is safe to do so. Fire is a significant hazard following earthquakes.
  • Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls.
  • Help people who require special assistance - infants, elderly people, those without transportation, families who may need additional help, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly. MCDEM, local civil defence authorities and scientific advisors are closely monitoring the situation.

This advisory has been issued to all local civil defence authorities, emergency services, other agencies and media.
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