Christchurch: earthquake of 6.3 magnitude

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:

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal by the New Zealand Government

Salvation Army New Zealand

Red Cross Website

Red Cross via GrabOne

Red Cross via Fundraise NZ

Red Cross UK


Caritas Germany

Wilding Foundation

Rotary New Zealand Community via Paypal

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:

Google’s People Finder

A public, online spreadsheet where people post their details

News and social media links aggregated:

General news:

For deaf and hearing-impaired:

For tourists:

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.

Christina Hegele

About the author: Christina Hegele runs Sandal Road, a blog on her favourite destinations. It just so happened that 95% turned out to be about New Zealand. Follow Christina and her blog on Twitter, like her blog on Facebook, and subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, subscribe to her email newsletter at the top right of this blog.

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