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sad news as people are rebuilding there, our thoughts are with all the people of Christchurch

Massive damage, injuries in Christchurch quake
Last updated 13:51 22/02/2011

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The top of the Christ Church Cathedral has broken off.

A large quake has struck Christchurch, with reports of buildings and houses down and people trapped.

Witnesses said there were buildings down all around Cathedral Square in the city, with the church destroyed.

Witnesses said there would be "deaths" this time and their were reports of people being trapped in buildings across the city.

Christchurch resident Sean Scanlon said it was by far the biggest shake since the original September 4 quake. The power was out and phone lines jammed.

Christchurch Hospital was being evacuated, a spokewoman for the hospital said.

Kay Cowlishaw said there was descruction everywhere.

"There's just water pouring out and sewerage, the whole garage is filled with water. There are cracks in the road.

Malcolm, a policeman from Darfield, was driving into town to a rowing event when the earthquake hit.

"I thought I had a flat tyre, then the place was shaking like hell."

He said oak trees in the Hagley Park had been uprooted and fallen across tents.

"I'm shaken, I'm at Christ College now and the school is a shambles - there's a lot of damage to the buildings.

"All of the water pipes are burst and it looks like a tsunami coming across the park."

"It's just unbelievable - just the sheer power."

His daughter was at Rangi Ruru school and she said students were running around screaming.

Malcolm's wife Jenny said the mayor was on the radio telling people not to go outside.

"It doesn't sound good - it sounds like this time people injured," she said.

Today's 6.3 earthquake would have felt more powerful for Christchurch residents than the original quake on September 4.

GNS duty seismologist Bill Fry said the acceleration of today's earthquake was larger in Christchurch city than the magnitude 7 earthquake last year.

"Instantaneously, they would have felt the greatest amount of shaking today. But the duration would not have been as long."

The earthquake happened at a shallow depth of five to six metres below ground.

In the city, the acceleration measured the same as the force of gravity.

In September, the largest acceleration felt around the city was on its eastern side, and this measured 0.8 times the force of gravity.

Today's earthquake did not last as long as the September quake, but Dr Fry said its duration had not been confirmed yet.

- Stuff
 

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Deaths in Christchurch quake
BREAKING12:57 PM Tuesday Feb 22, 2011

There have been 'multiple fatalities' after a shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch this afternoon caused buildings to collapse, police have confirmed.

Police said fatalities had been reported at several locations and that two buses had been crushed by falling buildings.

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follow links for further info; 65 confirmed dead laready
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Christchurch quake: latest info
10.35pm: A Royal New Air Force Boeing 757 is expected to land in Christchurch from Whenuapai Air Force Base shortly carrying 54 search and rescue staff, plus 20 St John's medical staff.

Two Iroquois helicopters from Ohakea have arrived to assist with rescue efforts in the city.

A P-3K Orion aircraft is also currently taking aerial surveillance images of affected areas.

The Royal New Zealand Navy's Multi-role Vessel Canterbury is in Lyttelton and has offloaded approximately 160 persons for cordon support duties. Other Navy ships are also on the way.

The NZ Army medical teams are at four different locations around Christchurch with military officers working with the Police and NZDF firefighters working with local fire brigades.

More than 200 soldiers are assisting NZ Police with cordon duties.

10.05pm: Hundreds of Wellingtonians opened their homes to passengers stranded at the airport after the quake caused disruption to air services. Airport authorities said they had found beds for all passengers who wanted them.

8.40pm: Bill English told press a major search and rescue operation was underway. An Australian Hercules would arrive overnight, making a total of 250 search and rescue personnel.

7.05pm: Death toll could double from the 65 confirmed, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says.

Australians caught up in quake
Nearly 450 Australians attending a medical conference have been caught up in the Christchurch earthquake. Doctors and nurses from across the country were at the annual meeting of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand when Christchurch was rocked.

Thailand seeks news of thousands of citizens in Christchurch
Bangkok - Thailand dispatched embassy officials to Christchurch Tuesday to offer assistance to an estimated 2,000 Thai nationals residing in the earthquake-hit New Zealand city.
'There are about 8,000 Thais living in New Zealand, of whom about 2,000 are in Christchurch,' Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongpakdi said.
New Zealand is a popular destination for Thai students.
 

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How terrible! Watching it on the news, I'm so sad for everyone who is there or has relatives there

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I'm a trained Civil Defence co-ordinator, and I'm currently visiting Wellington. Feeling a bit useless at the moment - they obviously need trained people in Christchurch, but it's pretty impractical to get there from here. The airports are closed, Christchurch is on a different island, and the roads will be chaos.
 

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I am sure you can get the boat over, you are at the bottom of the north island, it is not that far,unless you are just boasting about your skills.
No need to really mention otherwise!




I'm a trained Civil Defence co-ordinator, and I'm currently visiting Wellington. Feeling a bit useless at the moment - they obviously need trained people in Christchurch, but it's pretty impractical to get there from here. The airports are closed, Christchurch is on a different island, and the roads will be chaos.
 

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I feel so sad for Christchurch & it's inhabitants. This is a terrible disaster & so many people will be affected in one way or another.
At times like these you feel so inadequate.
 

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I am impressed at the international support,



LATEST: Nearly 300 rescue workers from six countries are on their way to Christchurch to help in the search and rescue operation.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the overseas relief effort included:

* A 40-strong urban search and rescue team which arrived at 5.30 this morning and is already working in the city. A second team arrives at 3pm.

* A 55-strong disaster relief team from Singapore, due to arrive at 8.30pm tonight. It will join a contingent of Singapore military staff who were already in New Zealand when the earthquake hit.

Two Singapore military aircraft are due tomorrow with additional equipment.

* A US specialist search and rescue team of 75 personnel, which arrives tomorrow morning.

* Sixty search and rescue personnel from Japan, expected to arrive tomorrow.

* A specialised search and rescue team of 63 people from the United Kingdom, which arrives tomorrow night.

* Assistance from Taiwan, which has yet to be finalised.

The teams are on top of 300 Australian police who were sought by Commissioner Howard Broad after a request from Canterbury district commander Superintendent Dave Cliff.

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) national team manager Steve Barclay said 700 rescuers will be in Christchurch by tomorrow night and 1000 will be in the city within three days.

Those numbers include volunteer response teams, trained in lighter rescue operations.

About 120 volunteers are currently at the Civil Defence headquarters at the Christchurch Art Gallery, ready to be dispatched to the Latimer Square hub. They will then be sent on to other priority hubs around the city to back up professional USAR members.

Seven USAR teams are on the ground in Christchurch, including two from New Zealand and five overseas teams from Australia, Japan, the United States and Singapore.

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just a warning; aren't these people terrible, already trying to scam money

Scammers already at it
Last updated 15:30 23/02/2011

2.25pm: Scammers already are using the Christchurch earthquake to take advantage of the good will of New Zealanders.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs is warning that emails are being sent out from "James McCoy", claiming to be from "Donate4CharityNZ", using a legitimate UK-based charity’s organisation name and website address.

The email encourages people to receive donated funds into their bank account from overseas for a 10 per cent cut.

The Ministry says this is a scam, and anyone who receives these emails should report them to them at Scamwatch, delete the emails and do not reply.

The emails come from a generic email address, such as gmail.com or hotmail.com and contain poor grammar and spelling.

The Ministry warns people to research charities they are contacted by if they have never heard of them before, and to be careful about “soundalikes” – organisations that sound like legitimate charities, such as “Oxfan”.

They advise New Zealand charities can be checked on the Charities Commission’s register at Charities Commission
 

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I am sure you can get the boat over, you are at the bottom of the north island, it is not that far,unless you are just boasting about your skills.
No need to really mention otherwise!
Don't be so petty. Shame on you. :mad: Topcat is simply saying that she is someone who could potentially help, but can't actually get there. The ferry journey is over 2 hours, and as this only happened 2 days ago, it takes a while to get things in place. More ferries and more planes are now in place, but there is STILL no where for people to stay. Practicalities, please!

Seriously, this is no time for childish comments
 

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As you know we have had our fair share of natural disasters over here of late and my heart goes out to the people in Christchurch in their time of need. It was heartwarming to see Kiwis here mucking in with our rescue efforts and I'm glad that Australia has been able to reciprocate but saddened that it has been under such devastating circumstanes. It's heartening to see NSW rescuers getting stuck in.

I'm sure if topcat was needed they'd find a way to get her there but it is important to keep people in reserve to provide relief to rescuers as they become exhausted. This thing is going to take a long time to get sorted out and I'm sure that topcat will have plenty of opportunity to contribute in the fullness of time.
 

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I am sure you can get the boat over, you are at the bottom of the north island, it is not that far,unless you are just boasting about your skills.
No need to really mention otherwise!
What a catty and spiteful thing to say. Thank you to the others who have been a bit more sensible with their comments.
 

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Christchurch Support

Students use YouTube in quake fund-raising - Yahoo!Xtra News


Students at an Auckland school are using YouTube to promote an international fund-raising campaign to raise money for Christchurch's earthquake recovery.

Glen Eden Intermediate School students released a clip today asking foreign schools to organise "All Red and Black Days" to raise funds for the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 earthquake appeal, spokeswoman for the school Ann-Louise Hyde said.

The students had already received pledges from schools in Australia, Poland, Austria, England and an Australian businessman had offered to donate $50,000, Ms Hyde said.http://www.expatforum.com/expats/images/smilies/animated/clap2.gif

The clip can be viewed at
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Meanwhile New Zealanders were being urged to wear the red and black colours of Canterbury tomorrow to show support for the people of Christchurch.

National Red and Black Day was organised by Hamilton-based NZ Transport Agency senior communications advisor Kara Fleming as a way for the country to show solidarity and support for Christchurch.

"So many of us have felt helpless watching the devastation in Christchurch from far away, and people really want to do something tangible and visible to show their love and support for their fellow Kiwis."
 

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CHRISTCHURCH QUAKE Toilet Humour

Quake-ravaged Christchurch residents are finding relief from their grim predicament with some good old-fashioned toilet humour.

With working loos in short supply and reports of portaloo thefts in the wake of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake, hundreds of families have taken to their backyard with a shovel to craft makeshift toilets.

The fruits of their labour are now being showcased on a website where people can vote on their favourite designer dunny or "long drop", as Kiwis fondly call it.

The site, showusyourlongdrop.co.nz, has been inundated with hits as quake-stricken residents who have now gone two weeks without an operational sewerage system upload their masterpieces.

Lambert's Lavatory, an "upmarket outhouse", is the current dunny du jour, with voters loving the signage that directs girls into the loo and boys into the bush.

Also a favourite is The Shed, a corrugated iron knock-up complete with plastic chair with the middle chopped out of it.

Another winner was a dig-out nestled among hay bales and covered in tarpaulin to keep out the cold southerly chill.

"Exposed hay bale walls supporting a luxurious toilet seat and open plan design set against the backdrop of suburban Shirley," reads the promotional blurb.

Derek's Dunny, covered in a tent, pitches itself as "north-facing for sun" while Neighbours Delight is praised for making good use of the vacant section next door.

John's John and Well Dunnie have yet to win the hearts of toilet voters, many of whom helpfully add their tips for design improvements.

The website is the work of Christchurch man Jason Moore, who was inspired by photographs of Christchurch dunnies uploaded to Facebook.

The 31-year-old website designer said he was "feeling a bit guilty" that his house was fine in the aftermath of the deadly quake and "wanted to help out by putting some smiles on people's faces".

It is humour that the city desperately needs.

Take a look at this

ShowUsYourLongDrop.co.nz



Toilet humour a relief for quake-hit NZ - Yahoo!7
 
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