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Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Zealand : ChristchurchQuake information Update 13

More update from New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management. As I mentioned in my earlier post, this site gets updated from time to time, so it's worth the time to check this site often. Below is update 13 :

" Magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred in Christchurch at 0435 hours, 4 September 2010. Several aftershocks of between magnitude 3.9 and 5.2 have occurred and more aftershocks are expected. The likelihood of aftershocks of up to around magnitude 6 will remain for the next week.

There has been widespread minor structural damage to buildings and smaller bridges. Across the Canterbury region the delivery of water, sewerage and power services has been impaired but is being restored.

One person is in the Intensive Care Unit of Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries; a small number have been treated for fractures and lacerations. It is estimated that around 100 injured patients seen on Saturday relate to the earthquake.

All hospitals are functional, although Christchurch Hospital is operating on generator power.

A severe weather warning for gale force wind on Sunday could place significant stress on already damaged buildings and damage temporary repairs to buildings. On Monday evening rain is expected in the Canterbury region with 150 mm falling around the headwaters of the Canterbury lakes and rivers.

Canterbury Regional Civil Defence Emergency Coordination Centre is operational. Most of the Emergency Operations Centres in the Canterbury region are activated. The National Crisis Management Centre is activated.

Christchurch City Council Civil Defence and Selwyn District Council have declared a state of local emergency."

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