Large earthquake hits CHCH


Our hearts are with everyone in Christchurch and everyone around NZ affected by the quake. - Everyone at The Edge.

Last updated Fri 24/02 8.12 am


For more information please see the Canterbury Earthquake website run by Environment Canterbury.

Can't get a hold of a friend or relative?
- The Red Cross has activated a special number for this: 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276).
For enquiries outside NZ: +64 7 850 2199
People should call this before reporting someone missing.

If you have left Christchurch - Please, tell your friends on Facebook. Alternatively, if you know someone is okay, and they haven't been online since the quake - post what's happening on their Facebook for their friends to see.

- Google has set up a people finder service for those looking for loved ones in the quake.

Want to help?

- Send a TXT to 4419 from any network to make an instant $3 donation to the NZ Red Cross Earthquake Appeal (you can ethier send a blank txt or write a message of support for Christchurch)

- Donate at, if the website doesn't work go to

- ANZ Appeal: Donations can be made at branches or online to the account number: 01-1839-0188939-00

- National Bank: at the branches or online to account number: 06-0869-0548507-00

- ASB: Donate online to the account number: 12-3205-0146808-00

- Westpac is working with Salvation Army: donate at branches or online to account number: 03-0207-0617331-00

- Aucklanders who are able to offer accomodation to displaced Cantabrians should register by calling 0800 AUCKLAND.

- Anyone in Nelson willing to offer temporary accomodation to Cantabs can check out our Nelson Roadrunner page, they are taking registrations there.

- The Christchurch SPCA has opening a Pet Emergency Earthquake Fund. Donate here or to Westpac account: 03-0802-0586429-00

- Medical professionals who want to help can call 027 431 6986

- The NZ Blood Service say no urgent donors needed.


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On Tuesday 22nd Feb 2011, Christchurch has been rocked by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake just before 1pm, sending the region into chaos again, not six months after the September 4 quake.

John Key has declared a National State of Emergency.

The 6.3 magnitude quake struck at 12.51pm, near Lyttleton (10km southeast of Christchurch), at a depth of 5km.

There's been significant damage, most notably the Christchurch Cathedral and around 25 buildings in the CBD.

The PGG building on Cambridge Terrace and the CTV building on the corner of Madras and Cashel Streets were the worst hit, and "significant" numbers of people were inside.

The confirmed death toll from the quake is 103, with 228 missing.

If you have left CHCH and not told anyone, you could be on the missing list - please call 0800 RED CROSS to tell them you're okay.

Residents say the earthquake sent clouds of dust into the air and people covered in blood fleeing out their houses.

Have a listen to this amazing story of survival: Pulled from the rubble, quake survivor Roslyn tells her story to Jay-Jay, Mike & Dom.

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