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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake

Christchuch city in the South Island of New Zealand has been rocked/devastated by another earthquake after being hit by a 7.1 magnitude quake in September last year.  No fatalities last time, not so lucky now.

The whole country was/is in shock.  Living here in Wellington, we have grown up with quakes and are always expecting "The Big One".  No one imagined it would happen to Christchurch, not even the scientists until Christchurch was rocked by an unknown of fault.  Christchurch and it's people were getting their lives together and then this happened.

I have just found out after many phone calls that all my family are alive and safe.  My uncle's house has been destroyed.  I am still trying to find a family friend, I can't contact her but will keep trying.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Christchurch.

Thank you to  and for the photos.

LATEST: * The earthquake was 6.3 magnitude, centred at Lyttelton 10km south of the Christchurch city centre, at a depth of 5km. It struck at 12.51pm on Tuesday.
* 92 people are dead
* 238 people are thought to be missing
* 120 people are thought to be inside the CTV building on Madras Street.

CTV Building

* Ann Bodkin was the last person rescued, from the Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) building, at 2.25pm Wednesday
* 220 people treated with major trauma injuries at Christchurch Hospital on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning
* 20 people are in intensive care as of Wednesday night
* 431 patients have been treated at triage centres
* 164 people were admitted to Christchurch Hospital in the first 24 hours after the quake, many with head and neck, spinal and crushing injuries
* 16 patients at triage centres had suffered serious injuries

* 20 people are feared trapped inside ChristChurch Cathedral
* 29 people have been rescued from the Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) building, with 14 PGC staff unaccounted for
* More than 400 international rescue workers from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, the US and the UK are to search for survivors
* New Zealand Defence Force has 1118 personnel working in Christchurch and Lyttelton; 738 Army, 200 Navy, and 150 airforce
* 80 per cent of the city is without water supply
* 40 per cent of the city has no power supply
* Orion expects 75 per cent of homes will have power supply by tonight
* 1500-2000 people have been treated for minor injuries at medical centres around the city.

1 comment:

  1. Such a horrific and devastating event. I am glad that your family is safe.

    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog.