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Severe damage in Christchurch due to magnitude 6.3 earthquake

This page will be updated with business continuity and disaster recovery information related to the above incident.

Update: 3rd March

Earthquake Commission (EQC) assessment teams are now operating in Christchurch. Advice to businesses in the city is as follows:

If you find a coloured sticker on your business, it means the building has been inspected and has been classified as follows:

* Red: Unsafe, do not enter or occupy.
* Yellow: Restricted use. No entry except on essential business. No public entry.
* Green: No restriction on use.

If you have any questions about these stickers, contact Christchurch City Council on 03 941 8999.

Cordon information

Threats to personal safety remain the main reason behind the continuing restrictions on access through the CBD cordon. However, Civil Defence is planning how to provide business owners and residents with limited supervised access to their property inside the cordon. For safety reasons, access will be for a strictly limited period and will be closely controlled. It will allow business owners to retrieve records and portable equipment, and let residents collect personal items. Owners of vehicles within the cordon may also be able to retrieve them, depending on where they are and whether they are undamaged.

This work will be done in stages, starting with the least affected areas in the CBD. Access will not be granted to areas where the greatest risk remains from unstable buildings, or where rescue and recovery efforts are still underway. Affected residents and business owners can expect to start hearing from authorities within the next 48 hours. More information.

How do I get into the cordoned area of the CBD?
Access to the CBD is rigorously monitored and will only be authorised under certain, restricted circumstances. Call Earthquake Government Helpline: 0800 779 997 for more information.

Source: http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

Update: 23rd February

State of National Emergency declared

A State of National Emergency has been declared in response to the Christchurch earthquake. Confirming this, Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key said:

"[A meeting of the] Cabinet agreed with the decision made under Civil Defence legislation by the Minister to declare a national state of emergency.

"As required by the legislation, John Carter will make a statement to Parliament this afternoon.

"I have been in contact with Mayor Bob Parker to inform him of the decision, and to reiterate my assurance that central Government will provide all necessary resources to deal with this natural disaster.

"I have also spoken by telephone with Leader of the Opposition Phil Goff to inform him of this decision and I also thanked him for his efforts on the ground in Christchurch.

"In practice this enables the strongest possible focus of local, national and international resources working together to achieve the best possible response in the shortest timeframe.

"Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act, this declaration means the Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management John Hamilton may control the exercise and performance of functions, duties, and powers of CDEM Groups and Group controllers. There are no other differences between the powers under a state of local emergency and a state of national emergency.

"Of course, these powers will be exercised working in close support of and cooperation with Bob Parker and the Christchurch Civil Defence team."

Read the latest sitrep from http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

22nd February:

Initial report

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12:51, February 22, 2011. Depth (focal depth): 5km.

There have been 23 aftershocks greater than M4, with 4 greater than M5.

Initial impact reports:

- There are areas of liquefaction in the central city
- Telecommunications and power outages are reported
- There are reports of fatalities and injuries and widespread building collapse (especially in the central city).
- Considerable damage has been reported in the Christchurch CBD and in Lyttelton

Christchurch City declared a state of emergency at 1445 hrs. National agencies have been activated and are being coordinated via the National Crisis Management Centre. Rescue work is likely to take days to complete.
Urban Search and Rescue.

Initial incident cost assessment

Catastrophe risk modeling firm EQECAT, Inc. released the following loss estimate today: current indicators are that damage from this new event will exceed $1 Billion (USD).

•Date: 22nd Feb 2011 • Region: NZ •Type: Article •Topic: DR general

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