This earthquake had an epicentre very near the city of 375,000 people.
If you need to contact someone in the short term, please try text messaging (and be patient) - the telephone networks are very busy.
Here are some links to further information.
- Civil Defence for official government information and warnings
- NZ Herald's real-time information
- Photos on The Age
- People-finder app on Google
- Information about recent earthquakes/aftershocks in New Zealand
- Information from the US Geological Survey
- Donate via NZ Red Cross or Salvation Army
- A great list of practical ways for people to help is at the NZ Herald.
Good luck Christchurch - we're thinking of you and will do whatever we can to help. xox