Earthquake Report comment :
Latest updates can be found below
Although FELT reports are coming in strong to very strong shaking in and near the city. Look at the detailed felt reports arriving at the USGS
GDACS issued a ORANGE alert for this dangerous earthquake (if data is confirmed).
The depth of 34 km is shallow enough to cause problems.
The earthquake happened in the middle of the New Zealand night.
If the epicenter data are correct, the epicenter is located in the town of Lyttleton, just outside Christchurch
USGS has just improved his readings with an epicenter 30 km from Christchurch, but with a shallow depth op only 16 km.
GDACS calculations are giving a local tsunami in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter of 30 cm.
USGS gas decreased the Magnitude to M 7.2, better but still violent.
Christchurch is one the worst places an earthquake can strike.
Power in the city is OUT, Damage to houses and roads has been reported. Power is out until Dunedin in the far south of the South Island
As it is in the middle of the night and as the power is out in big parts of the South Island, Only small portions of information come out of the epicenter area.
First heavy aftershock of Magnitude 5.7 rattles the same area
Update 18:00 UTC : Epicenter has been relocated to Springbank and Rangiora, both farming communities. Local newspapers have no reports so far on what is going on.
Update 18:09 UTC : Reuters Alertnet reports : no casualties but widespread reports of damage, authorities said. Read the full report. Earthquake-report.com comment : it is far to early to have adequate readings on the damage and injuries as it is night and as it will take a couple of hours before all data can be broyght together.
Update 18:18 UTC : Susan Mary Ross reports from Christchurch (via our facebook site) :Â That’s the biggest I can recall in 50 years. We lost many special plates and crocery that rocked of the shelves and a Don Binney print fell from the wall smashing its glass. Furniture and boxes fell the place looks like a bomb site. Puppy is cowering under my desk and won’t come out. Luck…y it wasn’t much worse and just seems to be damage to property. Hope all is well it everyone else. Blessings!
Update 18:20 UTC : Power is completely out in NOrthern Christchurch (the epicenter of the quake is 30 km north of Christchurch).Â Almost all houses have broken glass, china, etc.Â Civil Defense department will soon decide whether to call a National Crisis.
The present earthquake is one of the biggest earthquakesÂ in recorded history on the South Island.
The quake has been felt as far as Wellington.
Update 18:47 UTC : Magnitude has been further downgraded to M 7.0 (a big difference with 7.4).
New depth is 12 km (source USGS).
New epicenter is just north of Waddington and Springfield, 2 small farming communities
Update 18:56 UTC : we have renewed all the links of the important maps as after recalculation, the coordinates, epicenter etc. have been changed.
The most importnat now is to find out the damaga en eventual injuries in Waddington, Springfield, Annat and Sheffield.
Update 19:03 UTC : The damage will be far greater than initially expected. This is a facebook report of our special site just inÂ from Melony Davison :Â Not much of a ride for me it distroyed half my house, the retaining wall colapsed onto the nieghbours hosue. But thankgod for insurance and we are all safe!)
Based on this report and other fractioned reports found on many places on the internet : the damage is far greater than initially admitted. Another 2 or 3 hours will be needed to have a better view on the impact.
Update 19:03 UTC : Limited damage reported in South Canterbury.
Update 20:13 UTC : First daylight pictures of the damage
Testimony of Jasmine Erridge : the ceiling caved in on my son while he was asleep in his bed… thank god he’s ok, im ok, familys ok. thank goodness have just moved and hadnt had a chance to hang heavy stuff on the wall yet!!
Christchurch airport has been closed until further notice. People are asked NOT to use their cell phones to avaoid overloading the network.Â Railway system is being checked for damage and trains are temporarily halted in the area.
So far no casualties, only some injured people.
Update 20:16 UTC : A lot of cars are being damaged by falling bricks. So far only reports of Christchurch. Still no word on the epicenter villages.
Additional Facebook testimonies :Â Tysin Davison THE BRICK WALL ON MY SIDE OF HOUSE FELL ONTO THE NEIGHBOURS . O.OÂ Â Amanda Haynes Not sure about Cathedral, but Godley House and evidentally the Art Centre have major damage. Cathedral had work done on it recently for repairs, so maybe it is okay
Update 20:58 UTC : So far hospitals only have received a couple of seriously injured people and a number of minor injuries. Civil Defence is organizing Emergency Management Centers.Â Christchurch’s Avonside Drive has been seriously damaged. Older buildings in the Sydenham suburb have collapsed.
Earthquake report comment : all the news we get at the moment comes from Christchurch, about 55 km from the epicenter. Until now no report yet on the epicenter villages.
Darfield resident Meg Morten said the earthquake was preceded by a ”huge noise” that jolted her from her sleep.
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Update 20:58 UTC : Power is still down in rural Canterbury. Most of the injured people have glass cuts (from broken windows) and broken bones. Aftershocks are still going on and will continue for days and even weeks. People in Christchurch and surrounding areas will have to get used on these aftershocks, just as the Chile people had to after the M 8.8 earthquake from February 27.
Update 21:20 UTC : Seaside suburb on standby to evacuate as flooding may be possible.Â As most of the Cell Phone towers are running on batteries since the earthquake struck, they will do down within a couple of hours. Press reporters say there has been widespread damage to buildings on the corner of Edgeware Road and Barbados Steet, with rubble lying on the road and properties badly damaged.
Update 21:57 UTC : The port of Lyttelton has major damage . Cost will run into the millions. State of emergency declared by Bob Parker in last few minutes. Some residents asked to prepare for evacuation due to flooding and sewerage problems. State of Civil Emergency will be declared by John Carter very soon. SAR (Search and Rescue teams) are still searching for people in collapsed houses. So far no casualties, only injured.
Update 22:01 UTC : John Carter : Quake was a significant disaster. So far, 2 people have been reported SERIOUSLY INJURED in the earthquake.Â An estimated 5% of all Christchurch buildings have been damaged by the M 7.0 earthquake. Damage in rural areas still have to come in. Reports of looting in the city ! Central Christchurch closed by the police to avoid looting. Driving not possible by the rubble on the streets
Update 22:31 UTC : No perceivable damage see to Christchurch’s famous Roman Basilica Cathedral. State of Emergency officially declared.Â Two New Zealand Red Cross emergency management teams with 21 members are in action in Canterbury
Update 23:52 UTC : Urban Search and Rescue teams are being flown from the North Island to help with the assessment process. One person in intensive care after being crushed by a crumbling chimney. Earlier reports of looting were exaggerated. City center closed to people not living in that area. Major damage reported in the historic town of Lyttelton.
NOAA Tsunami bulletin :
EVALUATION NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA. HOWEVER - EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.EVALUATION BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:35:47 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 12 km
55 km (4 miles) SSE (154Â°) from Christchurch, 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 ORANGE Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)
* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world.Â GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission
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