Christchurch was struck by a severe earthquake on February 22nd, with the epicentre of the 6.3 magnitude shock in Lyttelton. And all this after a major quake in September last year and countless aftershocks thereafter. It’s sad to see the footage online of all the destruction and loss. This time, people were lost as the quake hit during the day and people were busy working, shopping or visiting the city.
What amazes me though is the huge activity that has buzzed through cyberspace on social media platforms. Facebook pages were created within hours to update on the latest news, and there’s even one offering free accommodation for people made homeless by the quake’s destruction. There are aggregate sites with information on and valuable links to anything related to the earthquake. Twitter is overflowing with Christchurch earthquake hashtags as people turn to social media to get in touch with loved ones. If you’re looking for earthquake info on Twitter, search the Twittersphere with the following hashtags: #eqnz, #eqnzcontact, #nzeq and #chch.
How to donate:
With New Zealand banks (list provided by NZ Herald):
• Any ANZ Bank branch: Account number 01-1839-0188939-00
• Any National Bank branch: Account number 06-0869-0548507-00
• Any Westpac Bank branch: Account number 03-0207-0617331-00
• Any ASB Bank branch: Account number 12-3205-0146808-00
• Any BNZ Bank branch: Account number 02-0500-0982004-000
• Any Kiwibank branch: Account number: 38-9009-0759479-00
The Auckland University Students Association street appeal outside its Student Union building
Use your mobile network provider to contribute to the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal via texting:
• Telecom: by texting to 4419, automatic $3 donation
• Vodafone: by texting “Quake” to 333, automatic $3 donation.
• UK Vodafone: by texting “NZQUAKE” to 70801, automatic £5 donation, UK Vodafone adds £1 for each text.
How to find people:
News and social media links aggregated:
For deaf and hearing-impaired:
Free accommodation offers for people without shelter:
Let’s hope we’ll get some good news of many people getting pulled out of the rubble alive as the day progresses in Christchurch.