Latest news is added to the comment stream after this post, in on-going irregular fashion as the news occurs. Feel free to contribute.

I’m moving my news commentary to this post and the following comments.

There has been a magnitude 5.5 aftershock, followed by a magnitude 4.4 and just a few minutes ago a larger shock – details to come.

UPDATE: This is reported as a magnitude 6.0, centred between Lyttelton and Sumner, depth 9km.

UPDATE: This has been followed by a smaller aftershock. Recorded as a magnitude 4.9, 10km depth.


I’ll update this post as news comes in until the news settles down. For the earlier news see my comments in the February 22nd magnitude 6.3 thread.

Comments starting with and ampersand (‘@’) are taken from twitter, most likely from the #eqnz feed. I’m filtering what I hope are significant news to readers as a service. The updates may be a little slow as the feeds are a bit overloaded. Please treat all comments here as unconfirmed, unless indicated. My own remarks are [in square brackets].

@ThomasMeadia (Thomas Mead)

2degrees and Telecom customers are officially not able to send or receive texts at the moment. (via @vodafonenz)

@five15design (Paul Le Comte)

national radio reporting CHCH Cathedral has more massive damage – fucking huge shaking here in Dunedin

@BiscuitCIB (Amanda Fitzwater)

It’s just going and going and going the rumblings don’t stop. Stop the world I want off

@NewstalkZB (NewstalkZB)

Flights to Christchurch are on hold – people are asked to check with their airline’s website before heading to the airport

The CCC is asking residents of Sumner to self-evacuate to Heberden Avenue. Details here.

@christchurchcc: Unconfirmed reports of damages and injuries; Mayor calls for calm, asks to cut down calls and travel

@nzherald Fireservice say a bridge down possibly Gayhurst Road, Avonside.

@nzherald Orion said power has been cut to around 54,000 customers across Christchurch following the magnitude 6 earthquake. [Power stations routinely shut down after larger earthquakes.]

Mixed reports of rockfall from the eastern hill suburbs; unable to get a reliable feel for this at this point. Police said ‘no’ to this after the 5.5, but the 6.0 may have move material.

All the major educational institutions I am aware of have been shut for the rest of the day.

@NZStuff: UPDATE: Council staff confirm leaning Hotel Grand Chancellor had tipped further over

@NZStuff (Stuff.co.nz News) Police say collapsed building on the corner of Stanmore and Worcester streets had been searched and no one was found inside

Many reports of renewed liquefaction.

@CERAgovtnz (CERA) CCC advises Bridge St bridge is closed. Pages Rd bridge closed.

3:18 pm, June 13th:

@christensena (Alan Christensen) Pedaled home safely after the 6.0. Dicy getting through busy traffic lights without power. No power or water at home in Beckenham.

@rhiannonelston: Image: Liquifaction swallowing a car, Christchurch http://twitpic.com/5aun6n #eqnz via @timkelleher


A reliable source of update / advisories is the CERA twitter feed, e.g.

@CERAgovtnz CCC advises that bridges on AND over Moorhouse Ave are closed. #eqnz #chch

@CERAgovtnz CCC advises that more bridges may close. #chch #eqnz

@CERAgovtnz CCC advises Bridge St bridge is closed. Pages Rd bridge closed.

Here geonet drops to informality just after the magnitude 6.0 event:

@geonet Ouch. Another big #chch #eqnz. Locating it now. Up around mag 6 this time.

@Project7NZ Project⁷ NZ (retweeted by CERAgovtnz) Officials are asking people to avoid Oxford Terrace to keep it clear for ambulances

@nzherald Police are evacuating the central city red zone. There are reports of a possible gas leak. [Surely gas was turned off to the central zones after the earlier earthquakes?]

There are a number of bridges closed.

@NZStuff: Police: Old Waimakariri bridge., Moorhouse & Anzac Ave overbridge, Merivale Mall, Gloucester/Gayhurst bridge ALL CLOSED

@NZStuff About 10 ppl reported injured; no fatalities reported to date, says Nat’l Crisis Management Centre

Unconfirmed reports that the tower of the Timeball Station at Lyttelton (damaged in the Feb. 22nd earthquake) has collapsed.

Airport is apparently closed. (Runways are apparently being inspected for damage.)

@JoyReidTVNZ (Joy Reid) Residents in Lyttelton tell me damage is almost comparable to the Feb 22nd quake [I’ve family there, too; still haven’t heard from them - too busy with immediate things no doubt.]

@BrilliantlyEvil (Brilliantly Evil) In the the last 3 hours there have been 7 eq’s – a 4.3, 5.5, 4.4, 3.4, 6.0, 4.9 and a 3.7

@aeanominae (Aean Campbell) Church @dyedredlaura and I got married in has completely collapsed. #stupidearthquakes

CCC emergency bulletin #3 – from 3:20pm.

While #eqnz is very busy, I’m seeing few reports of trouble beyond building damage at this stage; more detailed reports may take time to come in.

@CHC_Airport Christchurch Airport (via @nzherald #Chch) Airport Terminal Open for passengers. runway checks continuing. expect delays. contact your airlines for flight info

@TelstraClearNZ TelstraClear ( by five15design) Tips to save yr battery: change your vmail to say you’re ok, txt rather than call, 2G over 3G, turn bluetooth wifi off brightness dwn


@rnzgallery (Jane Patterson) Great deal of flooding in Linwood, and Ferrymead – traffic lights out in Mt Pleasant, Heathcote, Linwood and Ferrymead

[Finally updated on my immediate family.]

@JoyReidTVNZ: Our cameraman is borrowing my bike to get to police HQ in time for press conf #eqnz #committedtobringyouthenews

USGS has given a MMI of VIII for the magnitude 6.0 event and set a Prompt Assessment level of ‘Red’ via a pager page. There are more details here.

@phoeberuby 24 Hour Surgery on Bealey Ave is practising out of the carpark


The NZ Herald has a periodically updated news stream. [Naturally they have better resources than I do…!]

@usembassynz: For the latest on Christchurch #eqnz, follow @CERAgovtNZ, @@ChristchurchCC, @NZcivildefence or @geonet

CCC update #4, from 4pm.

Early (unconfirmed) reports of no deaths or serious injuries.


CCC update #5 (2:20pm) brings news of landslides and rock fall.

7:45pm – Quick notes:

  • Residents are encouraged to boil water (via CERA)
  • Power is being restored; some will not have power overnight (via Orion)
  • All schools will be closed tomorrow

In a lighter vein, a minor damage report (edited):

@AdrienneRewi (Adrienne Rewi)

Have assessed interior damage – last champagne glass smashed, books down & major losses in the sultana & tea bag departments.

And potted plants no longer potted

@NZRedCross (New Zealand RedCross; retweeted by CERAgovtnz) Cowles Stadium Welfare Centre is now open #RedCross teams assisting

@ChristchurchCC (ChCh City Council; retweeted by CERAgovtnz) Emergency Update 6 – 7pm 13 June 2011 http://ow.ly/5gc1I [Focus on flooding, esp. 2:25am high tide in lower Avon and Heathcote River areas]

@CHC_Airport (Christchurch Airport) Flights are now operating from #Christchurch Airport. Please check with your airline for the latest flight information.

GeoNet has an initial information page up, including ground acceleration maps and the general nature of the ground movement.

There’s also a google map of places that reported feeling the earthquake.

June 13th, 10:45pm

As you can tell, my updates are lagging! There are plenty of alternative–and better–sources around anyway, like that at stuff.co.nz, canterburyearthquake.org.nz (including advisories), NZ Herald, CCC, and elsewhere.

As you’d expect GNS is warning of following aftershocks, like the magnitude 4.0 at Godley Heads at 8:28pm.

The stuff.co.nz summary (linked above) report police as reporting(-ed) at least 46 people were injured, but a little later reports 6 people taken to hospital with minor injuries, and that there has been additional building damage (with some further collapse) within the Red Zone, including the Cathedral in the Square. Burst water mains are being reported, as well as rockfall in the eastern hill suburbs and coastal areas. For all these reports of issues there seems to be no serious injuries, which is at least one thing to be grateful of.

The latest (9-9:30pm) emergency update on the CCC website listing road & bridge closures, water & sewerage advise and a welfare counselling line.

The Historic Places Trust has an update on the Timeball Station.

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