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Christchurch earthquake

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Just flicking through the news channels and CNN have moved our capital city from Wellington to Auckland Rolling Eyes

It's started raining now in Christchurch and the temperature is dropping - it's going to be a long night for some people. grouphug


They have been having quakes from this morning - 36 tremors today with the one at 12.51 pm the biggest.

http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/today


People are being evacuated to Hagley Park apparently and a 'tent city' is being set up there. However, the area is also subject to some liquefaction too.




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Glad Bev and Invisibleman are ok. Saw one report that said water and sand were bubbling up from below and causing floods. And to think we Brits complain about our weather! God help all those people!
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Eek not nice, thoughts and prayers are with those people there
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Beeb are now saying death rate is 65 so far but the PM expects it to rise Frown

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12533291
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Hard to comprehend. Christchurch is one of the three major centres in NZ and the whole city is completely destroyed. Christchurch Cathedral is the major cathedral and one of the top tourist attractions and now it's gone etc.

65 officially confirmed deaths so far but on the radio tonight they said it will end up between 200 and 400.
shocking
They said all the bodies are still on the 2 buses crushed by falling buildings/debris so not sure whether they are part of the 65.
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Photos:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4689353/Christchurch-quake-Eyewitness-accounts
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to all our folk in NewZeland ,stay safe , there are alot of people praying for you.
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Reuters now saying Libya will block all oil exports.
If this happens it could be the worst oil crisis since 1956 when Egypt's Gamal Nasser nationalised the Suez Canal.  However, Gaddafi is rapidly becoming a toothless tiger, so I think the chances of this happening are extremely remote, although events in the Middle East generally are bound to have an effect on the Stock Market, and that includes oil prices.

Thanks for those.  Truly horrific, and black marks to the BBC for giving priority to events in Libya in its news bulletins.  Surely our Commonweatlh cousins are a bit more important than Gaddafi's histrionics? Frown
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Latest is a national state of emergency has been declared and confirmed death toll is now 75 with 20 of the bodies still yet to be identified. About 300 listed as missing.

Worst natural disaster here since 1931 earthquake in Napier which killed 256. I remember doing various school projects about that one. Death toll this time could well reach as high as that.
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Latest is a national state of emergency has been declared and confirmed death toll is now 75 with 20 of the bodies still yet to be identified. About 300 listed as missing.

Worst natural disaster here since 1931 earthquake in Napier which killed 256. I remember doing various school projects about that one. Death toll this time could well reach as high as that.
This is a video of the report as it appeared on BBC 10 pm news - and all I can say is, thank God for mobile phones -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12542077
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From this afternoon:-

Rescue personnel are being pulled back from the central city as the 26-storey Hotel Grand Chancellor building is on the verge of collapse.

In the last 10 minutes it has moved about a metre horizontally and is now on a lean to the east.

Mayor Bob Parker said it was one of the tallest buildings in the city and if it collapsed posed a significant safety risk.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708226


I think hopes were raised earlier today of finding people trapped in the CTV building (this has collapsed and there have been sporadic fires in the remnants) but due to the imminent collapse of the hotel, the area has been cleared and any rescue attempts stopped.  Also found out today that my work colleague's nephew is probably one of those trapped in the CTV building.


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They are now saying it's likely to be NZ's worst natural disaster. Previous worst was 256 dead in earthquake in Napier in 1931.
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The Canterbury TV building has been declared unsurvivable and there could be 100 people inside.
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They are now saying it's likely to be NZ's worst natural disaster. Previous worst was 256 dead in earthquake in Napier in 1931.

It really isn't good.  I know that we keep getting the 'get thru' ads on tv but you never think that it's going to happen to you and this proves that sometimes it does and you need to have a plan.

I was disgusted by one of the news channels reporting that Dan Carter and Richie McCaw were both ok - as if the RWC is the 1st thing on everyone's mind no

This is the type of ad we see

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Chris survived... but more importantly, so did his family.

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Is Chris not so important, then?
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