This was followed by a 6.8 magnitude aftershock later that day, one of 313 aftershocks recorded within 13 hoursby Geonet, New Zealand's national earthquake service. UPDATE 5:52pm: THE confirmed death toll from the New Zealand earthquake stands at 147, with more than 50 unaccounted for. The death toll … I didn't expect to be shocked by an earthquake. In Wellington, 214 kilometres north of the quake's epicentre, power was knocked out in some places, with windows smashed and chimneys damaged. New Zealand officials say it is almost sure to climb further. "I have been hearing sirens and alarms going off throughout the city. There's a lot of debris in houses, but at this stage it doesn't look like anything too bad has happened," he told Radio New Zealand. The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake was a magnitude 7.8 (M w) earthquake in the South Island of New Zealand that occurred two minutes after midnight on 14 November 2016 NZDT (11:02 on 13 November UTC). The Marlborough District's Civil Defence said it would be daybreak before there was a clearer picture of the situation and helicopters would do a sweep of coastal areas as work begins to assess the damage. [13], Psychologists argued that survivors of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, especially those who lost their homes or friends, experience painful memories during aftershocks. [12] There were no reports of serious injury, and St. John Ambulance deactivated its emergency operations centre later in the day. The devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch today killed at least 65 people and the death toll is expected to rise, New Zealand Prime Minister John … The confirmed death toll from Tuesday's magnitude-6.3 quake centred near Christchurch rose to 75, and officials said it was almost sure to climb further. Seismologists say the magnitude-7.5 earthquake that struck off the south island was less destructive than the smaller magnitude-6.2 earthquake in 2011 — but why? The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no immediate danger of a broader Pacific-wide tsunami from the quake. [11] Power was lost to around 500 houses. You only have to look at photos in the media and on social media to tell you that there is a huge amount of damage on state highway one and the main trunk line," he said. As soon as the Valentine's Day quake hit I was sitting up in Auckland and thought, this is going to be big in terms of the health sector. Two people have died, damage is estimated at $2 billion by the government and tens of thousands of landslides have been recorded. The Christchurch earthquakes have been linked to at least 40 suicides, a Herald investigation of coroners' reports has found. [16] In early March, Coleman announced that officials are working on a package that would assign millions in additional funding to Canterbury for mental health. [6] The CoCA Art Gallery, which had opened for the first time since the 2011 Christchurch earthquake on 13 February 2016, the day prior to this earthquake, was closed again. Rare 'earthquake lights' caught on film in NZ, 'Ivanka: Happening': Julie Bishop, Donald Trump's daughter, and the Australian Government's three-year fight for secrecy, US authorities charge Texan man for threatening to 'assassinate' congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, The verses J-Lo didn't sing tell the truth about America, It happened with influenza and shingles — and experts say COVID-19 vaccines are on a similar path of 'evolution', Heatwaves may render parts of Sydney unliveable in decades. [8] On the Saturday after the earthquake, The Press in its editorial was very critical of mall management, stating that "management's response to the entire incident profoundly and completely misses the point". [4] Often referred to as the Valentine's Day earthquake, it was centred in the sea off New Brighton at a depth of 15 kilometres (9.3 mi). Earthquakes tend to be more strongly felt on the surface when they are shallow. [6] Some tracks in the Port Hills were closed due to rockfall, including Rapaki Track and the Bridle Path. The Prime Minister said waves of about 2 metres hit the coast but the tsunami threat had since been downgraded to coastal warnings. At least four Britons are now thought to have been killed in the the New Zealand earthquake, with the ever-increasing death toll expected to surpass the 200 mark in the coming days. Rescuers search for survivors trapped in rubble after 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Christchurch Wed 23 Feb 2011 07.27 EST First published on Wed 23 Feb 2011 07.27 EST Products lie on the floor of a health food shop in Willis Street in Wellington after a 6.6 earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. At least 65 people have died after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island, Prime Minister John Key says, with fears that the toll will rise. "Those stranded to the south of the town will be airlifted further south.". Nearly 50 shops in the mall closed, partially due to the fact that stock had fallen out of shelves and into the aisles. [6] There was confusion at Northlands Shopping Centre as Police encouraged some shopkeepers to evacuate, but the alarm was not sounded as is otherwise done when the mall is to be cleared. The powerful earthquake struck in a mostly rural area close to the city of Christchurch but appeared to be more strongly felt in the capital, Wellington, more than 200 Km (120 miles) away. I think everyone is a bit shaken up by this," she said. At least four Britons are now thought to have died in the earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday. A powerful magnitude-7.8 earthquake has struck New Zealand's South Island, killing at least two people. The death toll from last week's devastating Christchurch earthquake now stands at 165, police said this morning. "On the very best information we have at the moment, we think it's only likely to be two," Mr Key said. Hope is fading that many more survivors will be recovered from the wreckage of central Christchurch, with fears for more than 300 people still missing after Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude earthquake. Two more bodies were recovered from the CTV building site yesterday. — Thomas Mead (@ThomasMeadia) November 13, 2016 Christchurch was devastated by a 6.3 earthquake in 2011 that left 185 people dead and damaged the city centre. Here's the current state of play. Radio New Zealand said the Wellington City Council had received multiple reports of significant damage. Hours after the initial quake, Marlborough District Council warned residents to flee to high ground immediately after a Slip Dam on the Clarence River breached, sending a large wall of water downstream. Chief coroner Judge Neil MacLean yesterday said Iris Botting, 88, died as … "But of course there are isolated parts of the country which we don't have perfect eyes on, so we can't be 100 per cent sure.". As Christchurch earthquake death toll rises, will the city itself be a victim? Mr Key was travelling to Kaikoura by helicopter on Monday afternoon. The city's suburban rail network was shut while crews checked tracks, bridges and tunnels. [6] The National Crisis Management Centre in Wellington was also stood down, with the emergency response to be managed by Christchurch City Council. Two people have died after a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake and a series of aftershocks shook New Zealand. Snowdon said the situation was "scarier than normal". New Zealand's Geonet measured the first quake at magnitude 7.5, while the US Geological Survey put it at 7.8. Here is a timeline of some of the world's most deadly earthquakes over the past three decades. Evacuation centres were set up at locations across the affected area. An earthquake occurred in Christchurch on 14 February 2016 at 1:13 p.m. local time (00:13 UTC) and initially recorded as 5.9[3] on the Richter scale, but subsequently reviewed as 5.7. The latest earthquake was about 40 to … Regional Civil Defence controller Richard McNamara said one of the biggest problems would be rebuilding. I actually got so used to them that I don't mind them ... but this one came from nowhere. Some shop keepers were told by mall management staff that there would be financial penalties if they did not keep their shop open. There were also reports that several people had suffered minor injuries in Kaikoura, police spokeswoman Rachel Purdom said. [15] Responding with an editorial, The Press called the situation "both disgraceful and distressing" and challenged the health minister, Jonathan Coleman, to come to Canterbury and see for himself. Aftershocks are not included, unless they were of great significance or contributed to a death toll, such as the M 6.3 2011 Christchurch earthquake and the M 7.3 aftershock to the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. Australian journalist Gemma Snowdon, who is living just north of Christchurch, told the ABC the tremor woke her from her sleep. Often referred to as the Valentine's Day earthquake, it was centred in the sea off New Brighton at a depth of 15 kilometres (9.3 mi). Just after midnight on 14 November, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island 55 miles north east of Christchurch. The death toll from Christchurch's 6.3-magnitude quake has risen to 145, and will continue to rise, say police. The death toll from last February's Christchurch earthquake has risen to 185. He said the coastal suburb of New Brighton, some 10 kilometres from Christchurch, had been swiftly evacuated. Chris Hill, a fire officer in Cheviot, a coastal town near the quake's epicentre, said officials had gone door-to-door evacuating residents. Hundreds of persons remain trapped, thousands of resident are homeless, and frantic rescuers are still unsure how many persons are unaccounted for. Christchurch earthquake: as it happened Feb 23. "I spoke with John Key a few moments ago. I haven't been proud to admit to everyone that I did scream. The death toll from yesterday's earthquake in Christchurch has risen 75. It was the first large earthquake that the Christchurch area had experienced since May 2012, and it was part of the earthquake sequence that started with the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake. Authorities say the death toll from last week's devastating Christchurch earthquake is likely to reach 240, though the force of the disaster may mean some bodies will never be retreived. [5], A number of cliffs collapsed at Scarborough (Godley Head and Whitewash Head), Richmond Hill, and Sumner (Peacock's Gallop). 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"I ran outside with my housemates and we quickly realised what was going on and the ground just shook and shook and shook and it seemed never-ending," she said. Here's how to mitigate that lethal heat, The Australia Day debate isn't Indigenous versus non-Indigenous Australians. Authorities in Wellington were urging people who work in the city's central business district to stay home on Monday. [14] The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) had sought additional funding for mental health since shortly after the February 2011 earthquake. As at 9 February 2012, the official earthquake toll was 185 victims. [6] Two surfers were below Whitewash Head and had car-size rocks crash into the sea around them. THE death toll in the Christchurch earthquake stands at 65 and is expected to exceed 200 as rescue teams in New Zealand's second largest city searched frantically all night for survivors. A second earthquake, initially measured as magnitude 6.8 but revised down to 6.2, struck the South Island hours afterward, but there were no reports of deaths or injuries. An earthquake occurred in Christchurch on 14 February 2016 at 1:13 p.m. local time (00:13 UTC) and initially recorded as 5.9 on the Richter scale, but subsequently reviewed as 5.7. The powerful quake hit just after midnight (local time), with strong jolts causing some damage to buildings more than 200 kilometres away in the capital, Wellington. Road and rail links in the north of the island were closed after land slippages and cracking. A powerful earthquake and hundreds of strong aftershocks have rocked New Zealand, killing at least two people and prompting a tsunami warning that sent thousands fleeing to higher ground. Two people were killed in the quake, with Prime Minister John Key telling reporters authorities had no reason to believe the death toll would rise. [3] It was the first large earthquake that the Christchurch area had experienced since May 2012, and it was part of the earthquake sequence that started with the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake. Police said one person died in the small coastal town of Kaikoura and another in Mt Lyford, a nearby ski resort. "He knows that we support them when it comes to emergencies and natural disasters.". The tram started operating again in May 2016. Coleman cited the February 2016 as the reason for the additional funding:[17]. "[Earthquakes] are a common occurrence but this one was particularly long and protracted.". "It's our opinion that they're going to be out for quite some time. [9] Shortly after the earthquakes, it was found that seven of the forty historic façades in the central city's New Regent Street were unstable. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Channel 7 on Monday morning that he had called his New Zealand counterpart to offer assistance. You know, it was a shock. Power was out and phone lines down in many parts of the country. This figure has led to … Maximum intensities are indicated on the Mercalli intensity scale and are sourced from United States Geological Survey (USGS) ShakeMap data. Mr Key said officials had decided not to declare a national emergency because the nation's regions were able to adequately cope with the situation. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. [10], Liquefaction occurred in Bexley, Parklands, and New Brighton. Marlborough District Council said in a statement that police were working to rescue travellers stranded to the immediate north and south of Kaikoura. An additional 164 people were seriously injured. Local media reported landslips and extensive damage to roads. Soon after the quake, Anna Kaiser, a seismologist at GNS Science, said a tidal signal or surge of up to 1 metre had already been recorded in the North Canterbury region of the South Island. While the region has suffered other earthquakes recently, some of […] Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel talked about her reaction to the Valentine's Day earthquake:[18]. "On the very best information we have at the moment, we think it's only likely to be two," Mr Key said. The quake temporarily knocked out New Zealand's emergency call number, 111, police reported. Ruptures occurred on multiple faults and the earthquake has been described as the "most complex earthquake ever studied".. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work. Little structural damage has been reported in the Christchurch Central City. I assured him of absolute solidarity and support from Australia," he said. ABC journalist Tom Maddocks was staying in Christchurch at the time of the quake and was evacuated from a hostel in the area. Despite the proven need of the area, the Ministry of Health proposed to further cut the mental health budget of the CDHB while on average, other district health boards were to receive increased funding; this information was revealed two days after the Valentine's Day earthquake. 115 people died in the Canterbury Television (CTV) building 18 people died in the Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) building In 2011, an earthquake measuring 6.3 devastated Christchurch and killed 185 people. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. With communications cut off, emergency response teams were flying by helicopter to the region at the epicentre of the magnitude-7.8 quake, about 90 kilometres north-east of Christchurch in the South Island, amid reports of injuries and collapsed buildings. The buildings were cordoned off, and that stopped the heritage tram from running, which had a major impact on those businesses that remained open. 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All dates are listed according to UTC time. As the search for hundreds of bodies continues, some residents are unsure whether they want to stay. Death toll calculated by subtracting death tolls for two later landslides (64 and 1 in 1846 and … "Everyone seems OK here. Some 300 people were listed as missing. news; Christchurch earthquake death toll reaches 147. "It's understood the occupants of at least half a dozen campervans to the north of Kaikoura are due to be airlifted to the Ward Welfare Centre," the statement said. Only earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.0 or greater are listed, except for a few that had a moderate impact. November 13, 2016 The US Geological Survey said the quake hit just after midnight near Hanmer Springs in the north-east of the South Island, 95km from Christchurch which is … This is a list of earthquakes in 2016.Only earthquakes of magnitude 6 or above are included, unless they result in damage and/or casualties, or are notable for some other reason. Carter has been giving stress relief therapy to police and rescue workings coming back from their duties at the end of a long day. Some 300 people are listed as missing. Two people were killed in the quake, with Prime Minister John Key telling reporters authorities had no reason to believe the death toll would rise. New Zealand sits on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common. "That's reasonably significant, so people should take this seriously," she told Radio New Zealand. [7], Westfield Riccarton, Eastgate Mall, The Palms, and Ballantynes were evacuated and closed for engineering inspection. The earthquake caused major damage to infrastructure. The quake hit just after midnight on Monday (11:02 GMT on Sunday), north-east of Christchurch. The death toll stands at 148 and officials say 50 people are unaccounted for. Christchurch earthquake death toll reaches 182 Police now believe 182 people died in Christchurch's devastating February earthquake but say it could take … The death toll from the New Zealand earthquake rose from 65 to 76 on Wednesday, with another 300 people missing. 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