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Hard News: Again: Is everyone okay?

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  • Deborah,

    Megan Clayton just tweeted.

    Anna and I are safely home from uni where she was at creche. @knedd is walking through Riccarton - we expect to see him in an hour.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Unconfirmed, AFAIK, report of body found in the RSA. God, this is looking really bad.

    Police Website.
    http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/27193.html
    Multiple fatalities reported.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Coup,

    If you're in ChCh, you're okay (yay), mobile, and are able to check on people: Requests are starting to show up on the #eqnzContact hashtag...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    Herald: 2.01pm
    The Fire Service has confirmed to Radio New Zealand there have been deaths.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Isabel has tweeted and is OK. I am missing an Aunt, and a couple of family members. Jesus.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1268 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Yes, this will have been more physically severe than September, even if the energy release was less, because it was so much closer to the surface. GNS say the acceleration was a full 1G, against 0.8G for September, so 25% higher speed of movement at ground level. Throw in many buildings damaged and unrepaired from September, and there's no way it couldn't be ugly.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3731 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    TVNZ running ads with coverage. Classy.

    They've announced that they've stopped that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17939 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart,

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Urquhart,

    I have a friend who works on a 7th floor in city that I'm worried about. Just heard from another friend who works in the danger zone - OK, but others nearby injured.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2009 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    OK, so who the hell was reporting that Christchurch Hospital was closed when it wasn't? I know in the circumstances confirming reports like that is hard but damn...lives may depend on (mis)information like that.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11614 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to recordari,

    The Cathedral. http://twitpic.com/42dzk8

    Owwwwch. What would the Wizard do?

    TVNZ running ads with coverage. Classy.

    They've announced that they've stopped that.

    Talk about snuff television.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 3897 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    This picture is particularly alarming.

    I can't figure out where that is. Manchester St?

    I think it's the CTV building.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17939 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to Deborah,

    Thanks Deborah; so glad to hear this. Still hoping to hear from others.

    (Also for the record - that was me posting as Richard earlier - using a borrowed computer).

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1408 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    It does get to a point where posting photos and links to such feels very different to last time. As Craig pointed out, for the most part it seems best to let the official reports come through to ensure safety.

    It is great to be hearing from those in Christchurch in regards to themselves or their families being safe via twitter though.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • sally jones, in reply to Jolisa,

    Message received from David Haywood: "House destroyed but all alive."
    Jesus.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2010 • 179 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I know in the circumstances confirming reports like that is hard but damn…lives may depend on (mis)information like that.

    Indeed. One of the risks with Twitter in particular is that unsubstantiated info like this spreads like wildfire.

    In other words: Think before you RT.

    Lower Grey Lynn • Since Jul 2009 • 782 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    According to the Herald live feed, it was reported by Sky News. Scroll down to 1.23PM.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    One of the risks with Twitter in particular is that unsubstantiated info like this spreads like wildfire.

    At KiwiCon (hacker conference) in 2009, one of the presentations was on how to "hack" WikiPedia by getting the reputable media to put into print a false rumour started through Twitter. Attendees managed to get it reported that Vic Uni's Pipitea Campus was on fire and had been evacuated, all through Twitter.

    Please, anyone who's thinking of retweeting anything relating to the quake, if it sounds like official information make sure you've confirmed it on the Police website or similar. The media sites don't count as fact-checking.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3731 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I know it may not be the right time. And I know that it's not that simple. But I want everyone I know and love to move away from there. Okay? Chch no good. NO GOOD.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3112 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    In other words: Think before you RT.

    I feel like I could just zap the people who are overusing the #eqnz tag. Shut the fuck up if you have nothing meaningful to say. But that may well be the stress of waiting for friends to get in touch talking.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Jen's (David's Jen) has just tweeted, "we unhurt".

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1268 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Oh fuckity fuck, in floods of tears re-reading text from cousin who quite probably would have been in the Cathedral (a regular port of call during her lunch hour) when the quake hit – if she wasn’t on holiday in Oz. Even the good news makes you cry.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11614 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Chch no good. NO GOOD.

    Yes, it may not be the right time. And besides, where is it good in Aotearoa?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Emma seems to be OK, she's heard Karl has Rhiana, and is praying her phone battery lasts as she heads out of town.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to sally jones,

    Holy shit.

    Sally, thank you for that update - to think of the house destroyed is awful enough, but could have been so much worse.

    The poor littlies, and their parents too :-(

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1408 posts Report Reply

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