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Hard News: Nobody wanted #EQNZ for Christmas

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  • Steve Barnes,

    December 23, 2011, 2:32 pm


    23 December 2011 - 2.30pm

    Christchurch Police say initial reports following this afternoon's earthquake indicate no serious injuries or widespread damage at this stage.

    Police are urging drivers to slow down. There is significant traffic on city streets - but not gridlocked at this stage - and Police appeal for drivers to be patient and take care.

    All available Police units have been mobilised across the city to provide reassurance and check on safety and damage.

    • Scarborough rockface has suffered some collapse but this has been contained by the containers at the foot of the cliff.
    • Lyttelton tunnel is open
    • Airport has been evacuated
    • All major shopping malls have been evacuated and closed
    • 1 person is reported to have been injured at Eastgate Mall and has been taken to hospital.


    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report

  • Emma Hart,

    Jesus. I had no web access when this happened. Family were flying up to join me today. They made it out by about ten minutes. Kind of comforting to know I'm not the only one having a wee breakdown.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    Emma Hart is in Wellington. Karl and the kids took off from Christchurch airport today in the nick of time to join her. Phew.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Lilith __, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Hugs, Emma. We've had a helluva fright but I suspect the damage isn't going to be too significant. Not on the scale of June, anyhow.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Pete Sime,

    The council is reporting some liquefaction at Parklands

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 171 posts Report

  • Hamboy,

    I was in Farmers at the Palms mall when it happened. It's a lot more frightening that being at home or work. People were crying and panicking, which always seems to make it worse.
    I was lucky one of the shop assistants lead us out and my car was parked in a spot that was close to an exit.
    I saw some liquafication in Shirley and St Albans when I was driving home, but no where near as back as the previous quakes.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 162 posts Report

  • Lilith __, in reply to Pete Sime,

    your link is broke, Pete. But copying this info here:

    Friday, 23 December 2011, 3:03 pm
    Press Release: Christchurch City Council

    3pm Friday 23 December 2011

    The Christchurch City Council is establishing an Emergency Operations Centre in the city, following this afternoon’s 5.8 earthquake. The quake is believed to have resulted in:

    • Rock fall behind containers at Scarborough
    • Some liquefaction reported at Parklands

    Police are doing aerial reconnaissance to check for damage across the city.

    All Council buildings will be closed, until they can be assessed as safe to occupy. People should assume all Council buildings are closed until they can be assessed and declared safe.

    There are reports of a power supply outage at New Brighton , though this is not believed to cover a large area.

    The Council is still assessing whether water or waste services have been affected.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Joe Wylie,

    That was fucking scary.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • Lilith __,

    ANOTHER ONE. Maybe bigger.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Ugh. What a horrible experience - my thoughts are not just with the people of Christchurch, but all those from out-of-town visiting family for Christmas. I really hope that things aren't too munted, and that everyone can have as much of a good Christmas as possible.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Morgan Nichol, in reply to Lilith __,

    Twitter user Laura Campbell reported (and posted a photo of) liquefaction a few minutes ago: http://twitter.com/#!/dyedredlaura/status/150035378349408256

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report

  • Hebe,

    Again. Big.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report

  • Pete Sime,

    Just felt a bit of a shake at 3.19 - I'm in Dunedin.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 171 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    I cannot even imagine how people are coping with this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Morgan Nichol,

    Oh god no.

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report

  • Lilith __,

    Yep, I think it might be time for a cry.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Tuo Lei,

    All fine out here in Bishopdale, forgotten how much I hate that noise of multiple burglar/car alarms going off. The second one might be bigger/closer than the first one.

    jiducheng • Since Dec 2011 • 4 posts Report

  • Rob Stowell,

    Felt rockier, but shorter, eh?
    Geonet seems frozen on the 5.8 so no confirmation. Lots of little aftershocks.
    I can see some people out fishing in the harbour, half a k or so away. They've been there for a few hours- bet they haven't felt a thing :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2120 posts Report

  • ange wither,

    Hugs and sympathy

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 54 posts Report

  • merc,

    Felt both in Dunedin.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report

  • Islander,

    Trust it calms down v. soon - thinking of many people in Otautahi, warm & positive thoughts-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    That was fucking scary.

    Dammit Joe, I wanted you to be here for a happy reason today.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Lilith __,

    OK I'm off to the Opawa-St Martins Twilight Market for fruit, veg, and tasty treats. It's apparently still on. 4-7 at Helios, Fifield Tce.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Strange days Russell, I came in to see if people were OK. Looks like fate has shaken out more than I’d expected. Really appreciate your kind words and effort there. Will try to post something sensible on that topic.

    Now, is Ian D. OK? Ian?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • David Hood,

    USGS saying 5.8 for the 3:19 one as well

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report

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