A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck Christchurch, New Zealand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck just before 1 p.m. Tuesday (7 p.m. Monday ET). The New Zealand Herald reported that phone lines in the area were out, roads were cracked and water mains had burst.
I hope this one doesn’t turn out to be as devastating as the last. No further information is yet available.
UPDATE: The New Zealand Herald reported that the quake’s epicenter was Lyttleton with a depth of 5 kilometers, though it was felt as far away as Wellington and Dunedin per Twitter reports. It shook the Canterbury region, which has a population of approximately 500,000. Radio New Zealand noted some of the damage from the quake in Christchurch: a church collapsed, a bridge is impassible, the airport has been shut down and the mayor is urging people not to drive due to road damage. HuffPost reader Laura Campbell submitted these photos of the damage in Christchurch.
UPDATE II: According to Madeleine Flannagan this quake is much worse than the one which struck in September and there have been fatalities. Pray for the Kiwis.
UPDATE V: The waste water has broken and is running into the central city. The main highway out of the city has a huge hole in it with a truck stuck in it. Everyone is being ordered out of the city… They are evacuating the hospital! What are they going to do with no hospital? John Key is on air (Prime Minister of NZ) – he is saying all the right things, giving detail, promising govt money, assistance, showing leadership – Key says “he cannot rule out that there have been fatalaties” I suspect that is code for ‘we have not yet informed the next of kin.’ He is going to try to fly to Christchurch – good luck as the airport is closed… The opposition are standing with Key. These lines from Madeleine Flannagan on FB.
UPDATE VI: Video footage has come in- at the HuffPo.
UPDATE VII: You can now watch live streaming coverage here.