New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Christchurch earthquake:

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has occurred 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12:51 (local time), February 22, 2011. Depth (focal depth): 5km.

For further updates:

Civil Defence: http://www.civildefence.govt.nz

Environment Canterbury: http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz

Prime Minister John Key's statements: http://www.beehive.govt.nz

DONATIONS - please give cash not goods
People wanting to contribute to the response are encouraged to contribute financially ONLY. (No donations of goods or services at this time please). Cash donations to:

New Zealand Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate

Japanese Red Cross Society http://www.jrc.or.jp/contribution/l3/Vcms3_00002021.html

In addition to Red Cross and the Salvation Army activities, the Prime Minister launched a global fundraiser called the "Christchurch Earthquake Appeal" www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz

Internet Banking:
Donations can be made with internet banking:
Account name: Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
Account number: 03 0251 0039807 00

Air New Zealand: http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/christchurch-earthquake-update

Tourism New Zealand:  http://www.newzealand.com/earthquake/

Online Media: New Zealand Herald, Fairfax publications, Television New Zealand, TV3, newstalk and Radio New Zealand websites. 

Person Finder: http://christchurch-2011.person-finder.appspot.com/

A facebook site has been set up by people in Christchurch so that the global community can offer support: www.facebook.com/riseupchristchurch

MFAT general line for calls: +64 4 439 8000

Japanese Nationals Overseas Safety Division: (+81) 3-3580-3311 Ext. 2851 (Japanese)

Red Cross Person Enquiry Line

The New Zealand Red Cross Person Enquiry Line is now activated.

People in New Zealand concerned about the wellbeing of friends and relatives in Christchurch should call 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276).

If you are unable to contact a friend or relative in the Christchurch area, call the Red Cross Person Enquiry Line. Red Cross will be able to tell you if they have registered with Civil Defence.

People are encouraged to do this before reporting friends and relatives missing.

People enquiring from outside New Zealand should call +64 7 850 2199.

Media Enquiries: +64 21 375 105.

Civil Defense Advice

Lee Cowan, Civil Defence public information manager from the Civil Defence headquarters at the Art Gallery has  said a state of emergency has been called for five days.

Cowan said people should keep calm and "we'll keep you up to date with info as it comes to hand".

"This is a serious situation. There are injuries and deaths but numbers are not confirmed."

Civil Defence are asking residents to boil water, try to avoid flushing toilets and use water sparingly.

The central city is cordoned off and the Four Avenues would probably be cordoned also.

Keep travel to a minimum, keep out of the city centre and keep away from buildings.

Civil Defence has issued this advice for Christchurch residents.

People in the affected area should:

1. Expect aftershocks. Each time one is felt, drop, cover, and hold on.

2. Check yourself first for injuries and get first aid if necessary before helping injured or trapped persons.

3. Assess your home or workplace for damage. If the building appears unsafe get everyone out. Use the stairs, not an elevator and when outside, watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines. Stay out of damaged areas.

4. Look for and extinguish small fires if safe to do so. Fire is a significant hazard following earthquakes.

5. Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions.

6. Do not overload the phone lines with non-emergency calls.

7. Help people who require special assistance - infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.

Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly, Civil Defence says.

The Director of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, John Hamilton, said that the National Crisis Management Centre has been activated to monitor the situation and co-ordinate central government response if required.

The Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has activated its emergency plans and is working urgently with its local authorities, local emergency services and local media to assess risks, provide advice and respond to the earthquake.

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