New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Christchurch earthquake update

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

This has been followed by a number of aftershocks, the largest a magnitude 5.7 which was 6km deep and centred 10km east of Canterbury. There are areas of liquefaction in the central city, as well as telecommunications and power outages and reports of water in the streets.

For official updates from the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, visit

The following website also provides updates. Information about where to find help for people affected by the earthquake is available in nine different languages including Korean on the website.

The New Zealand Government has launched an appeal to help the people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region during this time of great need. The donations will be used to help the communities, families and people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region. Further details of donations are available below.

For international students and families

The safety of all students, including international students, is the main priority. International students should remain in contact with their education providers and check websites for further updates.

The Ministry of Education is providing regular announcements and updates on the Ministry website at:

International students and families FAQs can be found at:

Parents of international students from Korea should contact their Embassy in New Zealand in the first instance. The Korean Embassy's phone numbers in Wellington are +64 4 473 9073/4.

Persons holding a Student or Employment Visa, or have applied for a Student or Employment Visa:

  1. Student visa applications that are under consideration at the moment, where the proposed place of either employment or study is in Christchurch, the following advice should be noted:
    (a) The situation in Christchurch is very serious at this time.
    (b) Please give your proposed employer or educational institution some time to assess any damage and the likelihood of continued operations. 
  2. For people that have already been issued any kind of visa, and who were/are intending to go to Christchurch, it would be best if they postponed their travel plans at the moment, at least until 2 March, or until the immediate search and rescue priorities and damage assessment work is completed.

Immigration help for families travelling to New Zealand following Christchurch earthquake

The Christchurch branch closed following the earthquake:
If you have family members missing as a result of the earthquake in Christchurch, Immigration New Zealand would like to make it as easy and quick as possible for you to get here. More information can be found on:

Students' questions and answers:

Further interim visas for foreign nationals affected by the earthquake:

Advice for lodgement of applications by customers who would usually apply to Christchurch Branch:

Interim visas for foreign nationals affected by earthquake .

For general enquiries

Updates on the Christchurchearthquake isbeing posted on the following website of the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management:

For Korean citizens, please contact the Korean Government authorities below:

  • The Korean Embassy in New Zealand: tel. +64 4 473 9073/4
  • The Consular Call Centre of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Korea: tel. (02) 3210 0404.

People planning to visit New Zealand can get further advice from Tourism New Zealand.

Red Cross Person Enquiry Line now activated

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.

If you have contacts in New Zealand, please ask these contacts to call on their behalf the Government Helpline number on 0800 779 997. This is a referral service to direct callers in response to their particular enquiries.

Media updates

Statements from Prime Minister John Key and relevant ministers are available on the Beehive website.

For official updates from the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, visit

Updates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at

New Zealand’s media has extensive coverage of the earthquake and recovery efforts, including on the New Zealand Herald, Fairfax publications, Television New Zealand, TV3 and Radio New Zealand websites.

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:

  • A fund for donations was launched by the Prime Minister. The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal is a global fundraiser and has been designed to complement the other fundraising activities of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Details can be found at

      - Account name: Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

      - Bank account number: 03-0251-0039807-00

      - Bank name: Westpac Banking Corporation

      - Bank address: Government Business Branch, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand

      - SWIFT Code: WPACNZ 2W

        NB: the funds should be deposited in New Zealand dollars

      - Account name: New Zealand Red Cross

      - Bank account number: 12-3192-0006821-00

      - Bank name: ASB Business Banking

      - Bank address: PO Box 11966, Wellington, New Zealand

      - SWIFT Code: ASBBNZ2A

      - BIC Code: BCPLNZ001446

      - Reference code: NZE11

  • A Mayoral Fund has been set up to accept donations to Christchurch citizens at the following BNZ bank account: 02-0800-084958-000.


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