Christchurch massive earthquake : more news from the quake area …

Christchurch Earthquake

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Link to the first part and second part of our reporting who starts just a couple of minutes after the earthquake struck.

Update 11:07 UTC (September 5) :
Numerous aftershocks  since the Magnitude 7.0 main quake  from September 4  (local time). published a live aftershock article a couple of hours ago.
The seismogram gives a very good idea what people of Canterbury and Christchurch are experiencing at this moment.
– Read also the latest Reuters Alert report, with a lot more details on this earthquake.
– A small gesture of a dairy farmer made a big difference just after the quake. Read this heart warming article.
– The earthquake, high winds and fresh snow has triggered at least 12 quite large avalanches at Mount Hutt, the  Canterbury skiing area.
– Authorities warn Canterbury inhabitants to be careful with their drinking water as the complete water distribution system has got a lot of damage and some parts maybe polluted.
– As the sewage system is seriously damaged too, people were asked to keep flushing toilets to a minimum.
– Rain may force more people to evacuate from their damaged houses

Update 16:44 UTC : A powerful aftershock with a Magnitude of 4.8 struck at 4:06 AM (local time) 10 km south of Coalgate. These aftershocks are normal after such a powerful earthquake. As the tectonic plates will try to find a stabilization, the complete area is now at risk for aftershocks. The shallow depth will probably be the same. The epicenter of this aftershock is a lot more to the south of the original epicenter.
People did send Felt reports to GNS Science with a maximum of 6 MM = strong shaking

Update 23:00 UTC : The Salvation army is appealing for cash donations to strengthen its fast response. Within hours of the disaster, the Salvation Army was asked to feed around 1,000 people in at least 2 Christchurch locations. There will be a multitude of needs in the following days.
– Freephone 0800 53 00 00
– Donate online at

Update 23:35 UTC : – About 15% or 60 streets are still without water. 
The trauma of the earthquake may continue for weeks or even months, says a psychologist.
– A lot of chimneys are very unstable
– scientists were very surprised, as the epicenter revealed a new faultline in an not previously known as potentially dangerous.
– State of Emergency is extended at least until Wednesday
– Christchurch Eastern suburbs are the hardest hit by Saturday’s earthquake
– Some Darfield residents, closest to the epicenter,  were thinking that a train was riding into their house.
– The port of Lyttelton sustained tens of millions of dollars of damage
– Heavy rain is now threatening Waimakariri, north of Christchurch, where residents are already dealing with contaminated water
– Emergency services are prepared to evacuate more people if the weather turns bad as expected

Caren Shrubshall just wrote in our Facebook page  : Here’s the latest update from Christchurch City Council – what an amazing effort – I have to say I’m very impressed with how quickly most services have been able to be restored, in most places – we’re very lucky.

September 6, 2010

Damaged Christchurch offices after the earthquake (Twitpic)

Update 08:23 UTC : A lot more aftershocks since our latest update, although scary for the local people the Magnitudes were very moderate.  Since 8 AM this morning (local time) at least 15 aftershocks of a magnitude greater than 3.0 have been registered.  5 of the shocks had magnitudes in between 4.0 and 4.5
Check our LIVE AFTERSHOCKS PAGE for more information.

Update 13:04 UTC : 2 powerful aftershocks. Click here for our separate report.
GNS Scientists have made a flyover of the 22 km long (now detected) fault line. The video explains what is going on in the earth’s crust during such a missive earthquake. Click here for our detailed page.
– On Monday companies started to cleanup the rubble.
– Donations are starting to pour in
– Port of Lyttelton was back in full operation on Monday after an extensive assessment by engineers.

Update 22:03 UTC (10:03 AM local 07/09) : – Christchurch residents are urged to keep boiling tap water
Scientist do not rule out that Auckland may also be struck by a major earthquake as New Zealand as a whole lies in a dangerous fault zone area
Metallica, the world famous Rock band does not want to postpone his concert on September 21 and 22 in the CBS Canterbury Arena.  The band decided to go ahead with the 2 sold-out concerts
– A lot of people were kept awake by the M 5.4 aftershock who hit at 3:30 AM was one of the first blogs in the world to report in-depth about this massive earthquake. Follow us on twitter or in Facebook for this and future events.

Building on the corner of St Asaph and Barbadoes Streets in Christchurch, damaged in the 2010 Canterbury earthquake - Wikimedia

Most important Earthquake Data (final numbers after multiple recalculations by scientists):
Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:35:46 AM at epicenter (south of Darfield)
Depth (Hypocenter) : 5 km
Geo-location(s) :
44 km (27 miles) W (273°) from Christchurch, New Zealand
200 km (124 miles) S (169°) from Westport, New Zealand

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map (impact on population)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

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