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Monday, June 13, 2011

6.0 Strong EQ 8 Miles from Christchurch, New Zealand

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Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) chief executive Roger Sutton says around 50 buildings would need to be demolished as a result of the most recent aftershocks. Many roads have been closed due to liquefaction, and Mr Sutton says the CBD 
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Posted on 13 June 2011 | 7:46 pm

Thanks to Larry Taylor, From the Edge Alerts

June 13, 2011 Monday
Location: 43.580S, 172.740E
8 Miles NNE from Christchurch, New Zealand
128 Miles SSE from Westport, New Zealand
181 Miles SW from Wellington, New Zealand
200 Miles NNE from Dunedin, New Zealand
[5.6 Miles Deep]

Larry Taylor
June 13, 2011 8:29am Central

By: GDACS, USGS and New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Managemen

Image: USGS
June 12, 2011 - On 6/13/2011 2:20:50 AM UTC (about 13:51h local time) an earthquake of magnitude 6 occurred in the highly populated region of Canterbury in New Zealand. The earthquake happened 12km from Christchurch.

The nearest populated places are: Rapaki (19km), Lyttelton (19km), Cashmere Hills (18km), Heathcote Valley (17km), Heathcote (16km), Cashmere (17km), Redcliffs (14km), Spreydon (16km), Woolston (14km), Sydenham (15km), Wigram (19km), Hornby (19km), Bromley (12km), Linwood (12km), Fendalton (13km), Aranui (10km), Yaldhurst (19km), Saint Albans (11km), New Brighton (9km), Burwood (7km), Harewood (13km), Marshland (6km), Belfast (7km), Ouruhia (5km), Chaneys (5km), Coutts Island (7km), Clarkville (7km), Swannanoa (20km), Mandeville North (15km), Kaiapoi (7km), Wetheral (12km), Ohoka (13km), Flaxton (11km), Tuahiwi (13km), Southbrook (15km), Woodend (13km), Fernside (19km), Rangiora (17km), Waikuku (15km), Waikuku Beach (16km), Ashley (20km). The closest civilian airport is Christchurch International (16km).
Potentially affected critical infrastructure:

* Hydrodams: Tekapo (189km)

* Airports: Timaru (154km), Ashburton (91km), Wigram (19km), Christchurch International (16km), Hokitika (161km), Greymouth (164km)

* Ports: Timaru (159km), Akaroa (46km), Lyttelton (19km), Christchurch (14km), Rangiora (12km), Ross (166km), Hokitika (162km), Greymouth (164km), Kaikoura (139km), Runanga (168km)

The earthquake occurred at 13h local time. At this time a day, more people are at work and therefore more vulnerable to collapsing office buildings. During traffic hours, people can be affected by collapsing bridges and other road infrastructure.

National Crisis Management Centre activated at monitoring mode
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has activated the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in monitoring mode in response to the Canterbury aftershocks.

National Controller, David Coetzee, said the response to the aftershocks is being managed from the Christchurch City council’s Emergency Operations Centre.

Mr Coetzee said the NCMC is gathering information to keep the Government informed and to be ready to co-ordinate central government support, should that be needed.

Unconfirmed reports are that:

* About 10 people have been reported injured and there have been no fatalities reported to date
* more buildings in the Christchurch central business have been damaged, with some collapsing, including some empty buildings in the Red Zone
* New Zealand Fire Service rescued two people who had been trapped in St John’s Church in Latimer Square
* there are no reports of more people being trapped
* there have been rock falls in Sumner
* liquefaction in the Sumner and Bexley areas
* Police headquarters has been evacuated
* CERA has evacuated its offices.

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