In Wellington, 214 kilometres north of the quake's epicentre, power was knocked out in some places, with windows smashed and chimneys damaged. The buildings were cordoned off, and that stopped the heritage tram from running, which had a major impact on those businesses that remained open. Chief coroner Judge Neil MacLean yesterday said Iris Botting, 88, died as … This figure has led to … At least four Britons are now thought to have died in the earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday. The latest earthquake was about 40 to … UPDATE 5:52pm: THE confirmed death toll from the New Zealand earthquake stands at 147, with more than 50 unaccounted for. "I have been hearing sirens and alarms going off throughout the city. Some shop keepers were told by mall management staff that there would be financial penalties if they did not keep their shop open. "Those stranded to the south of the town will be airlifted further south.". 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. Here is a timeline of some of the world's most deadly earthquakes over the past three decades. Lyford, a nearby ski … [10], Liquefaction occurred in Bexley, Parklands, and New Brighton. As Christchurch earthquake death toll rises, will the city itself be a victim? 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. 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. I think everyone is a bit shaken up by this," she said. 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. 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 coastal town of Kaikoura and its 2000 residents as w… Hundreds of persons remain trapped, thousands of resident are homeless, and frantic rescuers are still unsure how many persons are unaccounted for. New Zealand sits on the "Ring of Fire", an arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common. 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Maximum intensities are indicated on the Mercalli intensity scale and are sourced from United States Geological Survey (USGS) ShakeMap data. The death toll stands at 148 and officials say 50 people are unaccounted for. 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 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. 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Road and rail links in the north of the island were closed after land slippages and cracking. 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 … All dates are listed according to UTC time. Two people have died, damage is estimated at $2 billion by the government and tens of thousands of landslides have been recorded. "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.". The tram started operating again in May 2016. I haven't been proud to admit to everyone that I did scream. 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. 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"He knows that we support them when it comes to emergencies and natural disasters.". 115 people died in the Canterbury Television (CTV) building 18 people died in the Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) building Australian journalist Gemma Snowdon, who is living just north of Christchurch, told the ABC the tremor woke her from her sleep. Just after midnight on 14 November, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island 55 miles north east of Christchurch. 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. 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. I didn't expect to be shocked by an earthquake. He said the coastal suburb of New Brighton, some 10 kilometres from Christchurch, had been swiftly evacuated. 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. Officials said some large buildings were showing signs of structural stress, and the quake would likely have caused a mess in some buildings. Chris Hill, a fire officer in Cheviot, a coastal town near the quake's epicentre, said officials had gone door-to-door evacuating residents. The quake hit just after midnight on Monday (11:02 GMT on Sunday), north-east of Christchurch. The death toll from last week's devastating Christchurch earthquake now stands at 165, police said this morning. "Everyone seems OK here. Death toll calculated by subtracting death tolls for two later landslides (64 and 1 in 1846 and … The death toll from Christchurch's 6.3-magnitude quake has risen to 145, and will continue to rise, say police. 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. The Prime Minister said waves of about 2 metres hit the coast but the tsunami threat had since been downgraded to coastal warnings. Mr Key was travelling to Kaikoura by helicopter on Monday afternoon. Evacuation centres were set up at locations across the affected area. Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel talked about her reaction to the Valentine's Day earthquake:[18]. You know, it was a shock. ABC journalist Tom Maddocks was staying in Christchurch at the time of the quake and was evacuated from a hostel in the area. The quake temporarily knocked out New Zealand's emergency call number, 111, police reported. Here's how to mitigate that lethal heat, The Australia Day debate isn't Indigenous versus non-Indigenous Australians. [14] The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) had sought additional funding for mental health since shortly after the February 2011 earthquake. Marlborough District Council said in a statement that police were working to rescue travellers stranded to the immediate north and south of Kaikoura. "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. The death toll from the New Zealand earthquake rose from 65 to 76 on Wednesday, with another 300 people missing. Power was out and phone lines down in many parts of the country. 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). Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. 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