Canterbury Earthquake Information

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occured 10km south-east of Christchurch at 12.51pm on 22 February.

The latest information can be found on the Ministry of Civil Defence website: and the Environment Canterbury website:
The Ministry of Civil Defence are asking that in order to minimise loading on the telecommunications network, people use text messaging and email to check if family and friends are safe.
New Zealanders in Sweden who are worried about family and friends should continue to monitor the Civil Defence and Environment Canterbury websites, media reports and try to make direct contact.
A Red Cross Person Enquiry Line has been established for those outside New Zealand with genuine concerns about relatives and family in Christchurch. The number is: 0064 7 850 2199.
Swedish nationals concerned for family or friends should contact the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Those planning on travelling to Christchurch should contact their airline or travel agent before commencing travel. Air New Zealand has information for travellers on their website
All other South Island and New Zealand airports are open and operating. International travellers planning to visit New Zealand are advised that all regions outside of the Canterbury area remain operational. Tourism New Zealand's website has further information for visitors to New Zealand.
For the New Zealand Government's response to the earthquake visit
New Zealand media sites and also have up-to-date reports on the situation.

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