Another huge earthquake in Christchurch: major damage to already weakened Christchurch buildings; power down, water, sewerage and gas mains broken; the hospital evacuated [UPDATE:
not completely back online]; brand new council building failed (again); the tower down on the Cathedral; and unlike the original quake which hit when everyone was at home, this time everyone is at work—or was.
This is going to be bad.
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Word is that if you have friends or loved ones in Christchurch you’re better to text than phone. [UPDATE: Please don’t clog up phone lines unnecessarily. Vodafone & Telecom want people off mobile network across ALL NZ.]
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UPDATE 1: This is how the Cathedral looks:
- TV3 is showing a four-story building collapsed into one: the columns having given way, and the building pancaked. Complete disaster. [Confirmed as the Pyne Gould Guinness Building on Cambridge Terrace, in which up to 200 people were inside—many being rescued as we speak.]
- Provincial Chambers Building also thought to have collapsed.
- 2 buses in the CBD crushed. Casualties unknown.
- Vodafone wants people off mobile network across ALL NZ.
- Photo stream of quake damage from the Herald website:http://bit.ly/eTSioT
- GNS says ground acceleration was a full 1G, against 0.8G for Sept = 25% higher speed of movement at ground level. 1G of acceleration is akin to turning a building on its side and trying to support it by its “feet.” This is why columns collapse.
- From TVNZ, Pyne Gould Building appears from about 2:00 in: