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    Quake shakes up Christchurch

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    A 7.0 magnitude earthquake has rocked Christchurch in NZ causing injuries and widespread damage.
    A 7.0 magnitude earthquake has rocked New Zealand's second largest city Christchurch, causing injuries and widespread damage, including the collapse of some buildings and power outages, witnesses and the US geological survey say.

    The Civil Defence ministry says the national crisis management centre has been activated.
    "We've had a wide range of reports of some serious damage," a civil defence spokesman said.
    Christchurch mayor Bob Parker said a state of emergency has been declared.
    Although many people with minor injuries sought treatment, hospitals said there were no reports of any serious injuries although doctors were on standby because of the intensity of the quake and the damage to buildings.
    The quake struck at a depth of 16.1km about 30km northwest of Christchurch at 4:35am (0235 AEST) on Saturday, the USGS said.
    Roads in the seaside suburbs were packed with cars as residents moved inland but there were no tsunami alerts issued.
    Aftershocks are ongoing and police say damage is widespread throughout Christchurch, with electricity supplies cut to about half of the city of about 340,000.
    Sewer lines were damaged and residents are being urged to conserve water supplies.
    Local resident Colleen Simpson told the Stuff website that many people had run out onto the streets in fear, while the mobile phone network was failing.
    "Oh my God. There is a row of shops completely demolished right in front of me," Simpson said.
    Kevin O'Hanlon, from Mairehau in Christchurch, said: "Just unbelievable. I was awake to go to work and then just heard this massive noise and, boom, it was like the house got hit. It just started shaking. I've never felt anything like it."
    The damage included structural harm to houses, broken glass and damaged bridges and vehicles.
    John Ristau, a seismologist at the government's GeoNet geological monitoring service, said the intensity was strong enough to cause structural damage to buildings.
    "It would most probably be the weaker buildings that have major damage to them," he said.
    An aftershock of magnitude 5.7 was felt at 4:53am (0253 AEST), the USGS said, while local media said a series of shocks continued to roll across the city.
    The quake was felt through much of New Zealand's South Island where Christchurch is located on its east coast, local media said.
    Christchurch International Airport, the main international gateway to the South Island, has been closed and rail movement in the South Island has been stopped while facilities are checked.
    The magnitude was revised downwards from an initial estimate of 7.4, the USGS said.
    Although there was no evidence of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said an earthquake of this magnitude could generate a local tsunami.
    "Earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometres of the earthquake epicentre," the centre said.
    "Authorities in the region of the epicentre should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action
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    we expect an on the spot report with photos from our Christchurch reporter, Ancient future

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    7.1 earthquake


    Link to page: Earthquake photos

    Public flock to view quake carnage
    04/09/2010

    Tourists wearing blankets watch the aftermath of the earthquake near the Square in Christchurch this morning.

    Despite police warnings thousands of Christchurch people remain on the streets to view the devastation caused by this morning's earthquake.

    At around 7am, the city centre was teeming with people snapping pictures and recording video of the damage. Some were dressed in their pyjamas, while others were wrapped in blankets to stay warm.

    Facebook groups with titles such as ''I survived the Christchurch Earthquake'' have already been set up and the earthquake is one of the most discussed topics on Twitter.

    Inspector Malcolm Johnston of the Christchurch police pleaded with people to remain way from the city centre.

    Full story: Public flock to view quake carnage - national | Stuff.co.nz

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    BBC earthquake report

    Strong earthquake rocks New Zealand's South Island


    A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off New Zealand's South Island, the US Geological Survey has said.

    The epicentre was 55km (35 miles) north-west of Christchurch, at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), it added.

    Police said there had been widespread damage to buildings and roads as well as power cuts. Two men were seriously injured by falling masonry and glass.

    A state of emergency was later declared in Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city with a 386,000 population.

    New Zealand lies at the southern end of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, and above an area of the Earth's crust where the Pacific Plate converges with the Indo-Australian Plate.

    The country experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, of which only around 20 have a magnitude in excess of 5.0.

    The last fatal earthquake was in 1968, when a 7.1-magnitude tremor killed three people on the South Island's western coast.



    Shops 'demolished'
    The earthquake struck at 0435 on Saturday local time (1635 GMT on Friday), the USGS said, when most people would have been asleep.

    Radio New Zealand reported that the quake was felt as a long, rolling motion lasting up to 40 seconds, and that the area was continuing to feel aftershocks. The USGS said one aftershock had a magnitude of 5.7.

    Full story: BBC News - Strong earthquake rocks New Zealand's South Island

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    Ancient Future where are you??

    maybe no electricity . . .

    NZ12.42pm
    Estimates that power could be restored to 90 per cent of Christchurch by 6pm tonight.

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    Looters in Christchurch

    Looters hitting Christchurch following quake
    9:13 AM Saturday Sep 4, 2010


    A police officer is seen on a street blocked by rubble from a damaged building following the earthquake in central Christchurch.

    Looters are hitting central Christchurch after a devastating earthquake hit the city early this morning.

    The magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck about 30km west of Christchurch at 4.35am today, at a depth of 10km, causing minor injuries, structural damage and gas leaks, cutting power, and rupturing water and sewerage mains.

    At least 20 roads had been damaged and some were impassable.

    Inspector Mike Coleman said police had cordoned off central Christchurch as it was dangerous but also because looters had already been active.

    "There's considerable damage there, and we've already had reports of looting," he told Radio New Zealand.

    "Shop windows are broken and obviously it's easy pickings for displays and things."

    From: Looters hitting Christchurch following quake - National - NZ Herald News

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    Holy fruck

    Yes it was big....woken at 4.35 by the initial shake, and it just got bigger and bigger.
    The whole house was shaking like you see on telly...very fuckin scarey...
    I live in St Albans and nearly every chimney has toppled, my sister had 3 fall through her roof..

    after shocks have died off for now but are still strong.
    number of the beast

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    we got power back at 2pm.... water is still unknown..??

    just had 2 big after shocks....

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    ^ did you find the time for some looting?
    Something i never thought would occur.

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    looting over stated... a couple of dick heads already banged up..

    thank jebus the telly didn't hit the floor...

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    Hi Guys. Not a fun time & as suggested I've been without power, though not as badly off as some people who have no power, water or toilet available.

    These are my pics & I'm sure there are many similar around as wherever I was there were others taking the same shots. These pics were taken from 9am ish on Armagh St heading from Linwood toward the City centre.


    Example of what happened to many many chimney's. See gutter below damaged by falling bricks.

    This guy getting rid of loose shit to stop it falling & harming anyone.

    This type of double brick wall is common on character homes close to their neighbours. Occupier told me she had no idea the wall was damaged until she went outside.

    Another chimney problem.

    Getting close to the CBD now, I had no idea based on the earlier damage I'd seen how bad a lot damage in the city was.

    Top of shop in previous pic.

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    This last pic is the back of Charlie Browns Backpackers if anyone knows it.

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    there'll be some demand for bricklayers then . . . we had a husband/wife team do all the blockwork on the house I'll send them over you can subcontract them out . . .

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    ^ I like your thinking. For some people though it'll be start again once the dozer's been through

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    ^Its lucky you done your Christchurch thread last week I suppose

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    Close up's on Charlie Browns



    Manchester St, damage on cnr of Worcester St

    Taken from cnr of Manchester/Gloucester

    Zoomed into Worcester cnr again

    Same cnr but from Worcester instead of Manchester

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    ^Its lucky you done your Christchurch thread last week I suppose
    Some places wont look the same, but maybe I can find ladies to snap easier if they're scared about staying inside

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    Quote Originally Posted by phunphin View Post
    Yes it was big....woken at 4.35 by the initial shake, and it just got bigger and bigger.
    The whole house was shaking like you see on telly...very fuckin scarey...
    I live in St Albans and nearly every chimney has toppled, my sister had 3 fall through her roof..

    after shocks have died off for now but are still strong.
    Any pics Phunphin? I haven't seen any of St Albans. Just had another aftershock, no idea how many that makes now - like being on a boat!

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    Potential looter left a shoe behind?

    Close up - look big to me. Ladyboy problem in Chch maybe?

    KFC debris

    Yes, those are rubbish bins within an arms reach of the rubbish. Some lazy crunts live here. These are in an area known as City Mall which did not appear damaged.

    Back to the real topic now. Dead Subaru on Lichfield St taken with zoom from Lichfield west of Manchester St.

    Female cop (true, didn't know until she spoke though) taken from same place as previous shot, rubble on right is approx where Subaru is.

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    Lichfield looking toward Madras with zoom.

    Looking towards Manchester St from one of the lanes in Sol Square (trendy drinking area).

    Same view different composition.

    Without the zoom used in previous 2 pics.

    Yes, Chch has sex shops. This, Peaches & Cream is the biggest I think. 3rd window from the left broken - where the ladyboy shoe came from???

    Tuam/Manchester St intersection taken from same place & Peaches shot.

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    The old City Council building on Tuam St showing broken windows here & there

    R & R Sport cnr Tuam/Colombo



    Cnr Mollet/Colombo


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