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#217745 - 02/22/11 05:46 AM New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch.
scrounger Offline
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Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 12
Loc: Australia
Christchurch as a population around 400,000, a reasonably sized first-world city. There was another earthquake in September last year, but it caused far less damage.

New Zealand Herald

Quote:
Prime Minister John Key has told reporters that the death toll from today's magnitude 6.3 earthquake stands at 65, and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said it could quite possibly double.


A big difference compared to other events such as floods or hurricanes is, of course, that there is no warning prior an earthquake. Not even time to get yourself out of Dodge, let alone any gear.

Hopefully things aren't any worse than has already been reported. All the best to the Kiwis.

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#217747 - 02/22/11 06:02 AM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: scrounger]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Huge event is a very small place. Best wishes.

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#217749 - 02/22/11 06:08 AM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: scrounger]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Heard some radio interviews and video footage and it seemed as if the resources were completely overwhelmed. I wonder how much retrofitting was done since last September? Or if more effective emergency preparedness plans put into place? Lets hope so.

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#217760 - 02/22/11 12:30 PM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: scrounger]
Jesselp Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 263
Loc: New York
My wife and I spent a few days in Christchurch on our honeymoon six or so years ago. Very pretty city, wonderful people. Very sad to see what they're going through. The pictures of the collapsed tower at the cathedral are particularly poignant to me, as I remember my visit to that plaza vividly.

We stayed on the twelth (top) floor of the Holiday Inn Christchurch. Not, I would imagine, a great place to be during a quake. Of course, we had other things on our minds at the time and did not even consider the issue.

With all that is going on around the world right now, we're all getting lots of opportunity to armchair quarterback survival situations - some, sadly, more appropriate for Zombie Squad than ETS (see Libya).

Let's learn all we can to keep ourselves and our families safe, but not forget that there is tremendous suffering going on angst real people. I wish there were more I could do to help.
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#217763 - 02/22/11 01:18 PM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: scrounger]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1918
Loc: Washington, DC

My heart goes out to the residents of Christchurch and visitors who have been caught up in this. I had a very nice visit there several years ago (spent a month in NZ -- fantastic).

New Zealand is the one country I'd leave the U.S. for in a heartbeat. Spectacular scenery and friendly people, really a very special place.

And dangerously situated in an extremely geologically unstable region -- astride two tectonic plates. Definitely a place to be up to speed on earthquake preparedness, but even that's not enough when in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Best wishes to everyone affected by this tragedy.

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#217764 - 02/22/11 01:20 PM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: Jesselp]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3485
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Jesselp
I wish there were more I could do to help.


You and me both.

Does it make sense to write your congressman and ask what kind of aid we're sending our ally?

Also, you can be more effective helping out nearer to home if you're already trained, equipped and part of the team. Look into joining your local CERT at https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ if you haven't already.

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#217767 - 02/22/11 02:16 PM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: chaosmagnet]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1918
Loc: Washington, DC
Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
Originally Posted By: Jesselp
I wish there were more I could do to help.


You and me both.

Does it make sense to write your congressman and ask what kind of aid we're sending our ally?

Also, you can be more effective helping out nearer to home if you're already trained, equipped and part of the team. Look into joining your local CERT at https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ if you haven't already.



We are in the middle of a fiscal crisis and a hot topic in DC is whether the federal government will shut down over a budget impasse.

If you want to help, best to donate your own money directly to NZ organizations, such as the New Zealand Red Cross. Here's the link:

http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php

The New Zealand Herald will probably also be linking to charitable organizations:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/


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#217774 - 02/22/11 03:04 PM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: scrounger]
TeacherRO Offline
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Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2514

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#217785 - 02/22/11 05:09 PM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: scrounger]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1918
Loc: Washington, DC
"Specialist teams" are in route from the U.S. Fatality estimates are now around 300. I think that would make it the most deadly incident in N.Z. history.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10708156

Mayor Parker urged people to stay at home, saying the city was effectively "closed" for at least the next three days.

"We don't want you out driving and looking around. As we found in September those roads are lifelines."

Mr Hamilton said Australian search and rescue teams were due in Christchurch early this morning.

Mayor Parker said specialist teams were coming from Japan and the United States and the BBC is reporting that the United Kingdom is sending a 62-strong search and rescue team with more than nine tonnes of equipment.



USAID (foreign aid) issued a release:

http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2011/pr110221.html




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#217791 - 02/22/11 06:04 PM Re: New Zealand : 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch. [Re: scrounger]
ki4buc Offline
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Registered: 11/10/03
Posts: 710
Loc: Augusta, GA
Relevant Links:

NZ Earthquake Incidents GIS:
http://eqviewer.co.nz/

NZ Ministry of Civil Defence:
http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

Environment Canterbury - Earthquake Page
http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/

Google
http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/christchurch_earthquake.html

Twitter Tags:
#eqnz ( picked up by GIS and MoCD above)
#chch ( monitored by MoCD above)
#nzeq

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